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Sermon Illustrations That’ll Preach!

All posts by Charley Reeb

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>

The Secret to Great Preaching

(The following article was originally published on the Leading Ideas website.) Many preachers prepare sermons designed to reach the crowd at a seminary chapel service. They imagine their seminary professors sitting in the back pew critiquing their sermons. Other preachers sound like they have just come from a creative writing retreat. They have read everything Barbara … Continue reading The Secret to Great Preaching <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

9 Ways Your Preaching Can Grow Your Church

Pastors will disagree on just about anything except their common desire to grow a church. Even the humblest of pastors secretly wants to see more people in worship. And what’s wrong with that? More people in worship means more people hearing the gospel. While reading books and attending church growth conferences are helpful, there is … Continue reading 9 Ways Your Preaching Can Grow Your Church <span class="meta-nav">→</span>