Illustrations, as their name demonstrates, are not the focus of a sermon’s message but serve to help important points of teaching or application be clarified and understood. They must not distract or confuse, nor should they focus attention on the preacher or alienate hearers from the message. This article about illustrations by Barry York is …

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Some reflections of nurturing a capacity to go beyond recognising a hurt to having a sense of the impact of the hurt – while not allowing the situation to be about your experience. Rut Etheridge at Gentle Reformation: Every emotion you’ve felt, the Lord has felt. I don’t know how that works, exactly. I do …

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Kyle Borg poses a question based on reflection about Philemon verse 7: “For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you” (emphasis added). What am I to my brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus? Do I refresh or weary …

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At Gentle Reformation Jared Olivetti offers a formula that seeks to narrow the gap between communication practice and communication desired outcomes. The formula is: Information + Inclusion = Importance & Involvement +++ So before we start pointing fingers at congregation members for not showing up to work days or not “buying in” to the latest …

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A brief article by Barry York at Gentle Reformation on a neglected aspect of ministry, the call to worship. The basic idea is that rather than telling people not be distracted, you show them the One who will capture their attention. From the article: The great leveling ground as people come to worship is the …

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