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8 Signs of Successful Sermons

All posts by Charley Reeb

Christmas Eve Message: The Joy of Christmas – Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

One of my favorite Christmas stories is about the young boy who was given a very important role in the church Christmas play. He was to be the angel and announce the birth of Jesus. For weeks he rehearsed the line that had been given to him, “Behold, I bring you good news of great … Continue reading Christmas Eve Message: The Joy of Christmas – Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

Nothing is Impossible with God! – Luke 1:26-38

To me the best thing about Christmas is the surprises. Who does not enjoy the look of wondrous surprise on a child’s face on Christmas morning? Who among us does not remember the rush of excitement we experienced when we were surprised on Christmas day with the best gift ever? I will always remember the … Continue reading Nothing is Impossible with God! – Luke 1:26-38 <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

9 Things Not to Say to Worshippers on Christmas Eve

-I haven’t seen some of you since Easter! You look great! -The ushers are going come to forward now to take the first of four offerings. Let us pray. -As the offering plates go around be aware that we have plenty 1-dollar bills. However, our 20 and 50-dollar bills need company. -We’ve locked all the … Continue reading 9 Things Not to Say to Worshippers on Christmas Eve <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

While You Wait – Sermon for Second Sunday of Advent (Mark 1:1-8)

I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. Whether it is waiting in line, waiting on a package to be delivered, or waiting for a prayer to be answered, waiting is not something we usually enjoy. What we sometimes forget is that there is a great deal of wisdom in waiting. This is why Advent … Continue reading While You Wait – Sermon for Second Sunday of Advent (Mark 1:1-8) <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

Three Things You Can Count On (Sermon for First Sunday of Advent – Mark 13:24-37)

One summer I took a month off for a much needed time of renewal. During my time off I decided to do a little research. I wanted to get the perspective of folks who don’t go to church. Preachers are very insulated in a church bubble. Everything we do revolves around church culture for the … Continue reading Three Things You Can Count On (Sermon for First Sunday of Advent – Mark 13:24-37) <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

5 Things Seminary Didn’t Teach You about Preaching

During a recent podcast I was asked, “Why aren’t there more effective preachers in the mainline church?” My response was that one reason is lack of training. Most mainline seminaries only require one introductory preaching class to graduate with an M.Div. What’s worse is the typical preaching intro class is not very practical for parish … Continue reading 5 Things Seminary Didn’t Teach You about Preaching <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

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>