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4 Reasons Why Your Sermons Should Be Shorter

All posts by Charley Reeb

4 Reasons Why Your Sermons Should Be Shorter

“I could write shorter sermons but when I get started I’m too lazy to stop.” You Will Get to The Point Quicker One of the most frustrating things to listeners is when preachers take forever getting to their why. They begin the sermon with a long joke or a drawn out introduction. Listeners are thinking, … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Your Sermons Should Be Shorter <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

Why Do Hurricanes Happen to Good People?

  Every time a hurricane hits folks ask, “Why would God allow hurricanes?” It is a question within the family of “If there is a God why do people suffer?” It is called the theodicy question. Last year after Hurricane Matthew hit I preached the following sermon to address this very question. I hope it … Continue reading Why Do Hurricanes Happen to Good People? <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

Overcoming Evil with Good: A Christian Response to Charlottesville

(This is a transcript of a sermon I preached at Pasadena Community Church on 8/20/17.) This week I thought and prayed a great deal about my message for today. The events in Charlottesville and their ripple effect around the country have caused great division, unrest and anxiety. Charlottesville is a stark reminder that racism, bigotry … Continue reading Overcoming Evil with Good: A Christian Response to Charlottesville <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

6 Lies Preachers Tell Themselves about Church Growth

As long as I preach the word of God my church will grow Good luck with that! Preachers can’t just open the Bible and start preaching and expect people to flock to their churches. Much of the culture is skeptical of the Bible and don’t feel it’s relevant to their lives. Preachers must first convince … Continue reading 6 Lies Preachers Tell Themselves about Church Growth <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

Ten Books Every Preacher Must Read

Every leader is a reader. The same goes for preachers. The effective preachers I know are constantly trying to improve their craft by reading the best books on preaching and communication. Here are ten books I believe every preacher must read. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte Nancy Duarte is a … Continue reading Ten Books Every Preacher Must Read <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

6 Preaching Mistakes that Kill Church Growth

People are not going to flock to a church with a poor preacher. A church can have quality programming and excellent ministry but if sermons are not appealing and helpful the church will not grow. Here are 6 preaching mistakes that keep a church from growing: Sermons that are not relevant  Stubborn preachers can whine … Continue reading 6 Preaching Mistakes that Kill Church Growth <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

Preaching for a Verdict: How Seeing Your Listeners as a Jury Can Make You a Better Preacher

We live in a skeptical age. 50 years ago preachers didn’t have to work very hard convincing church goers to believe their message. Today, many of our listeners, especially millennials, question everything they hear. We can’t assume all of our listeners will be on board with us. We must first persuade listeners to believe in … Continue reading Preaching for a Verdict: How Seeing Your Listeners as a Jury Can Make You a Better Preacher <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

3 Reasons Why Bad Preaching is Killing the Mainline Church

Several years ago Donald Miller wrote, “If Protestantism ever dies with a dagger in its back, the dagger will be the Protestant sermon.” Unfortunately, Miller was on to something. It is no secret that mainline Protestantism is on a steep decline. Some mainline leaders tap dance around the issue but, as they say, even if … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Bad Preaching is Killing the Mainline Church <span class="meta-nav">→</span>