In ministry, we must protect our families, but we need not sequester them. Balance is hard to find, but perhaps these five principles will help.
The modern mind may well be adverse to authority and disinclined to trust the “sage on the stage.” Nonetheless, where there is no authority, there is no true preaching.
Dr. Allen answers questions about his new book, Letters to My Students, Vol 1: On Preaching.
While on vacation, I reflect on my life in every dimension, seek to identify personal weaknesses, and strive to strengthen them.
It is better get an ‘A’ at home and a ‘C’ in the classroom, than an ‘A’ in the classroom and a ‘C’ at home.
There is something far worse than not having a crisis to engage. It is having a crisis but not engaging it. Faithfulness in our generation requires the church, and the pastors that lead it, to do our duty of preserving the faith and supporting the church.
I can overlook an essential element to the preaching process if I don’t intentionally pause and reflect upon the task at hand. These seven questions help me do just that.
We should strive to preach our best sermons in overseas contexts.
Not everyone can preach a sermon, lead a Bible study, or persuasively advocate for biblical truth, but every believer can and must engage in Bible intake.
Successful sermons optimally leverage words to explain the meaning of the text and to bring it to bear in the lives of the congregants. Strategically deploying words can strengthen a preaching event, but carelessly letting unhelpful words clutter the sermon will weaken it.
Preaching is too consequential to settle for subpar sermons. These five words will help any preacher step up their game.
Always seek to feed your people, do not settle for unhelpful—or even less helpful— diversions.
In the spirit of Hebrews 11, reading good biographies summons forth a veritable chorus of cheers, encouraging us to lay aside every encumbrance and sin that so easily entangles us and to run with endurance the race set before us.
Sufficient preparation is indispensable to faithful preaching. Insufficient preparation makes mortals of us all.
Where there is a lack of men—mature, godly men—the church will invariably suffer.
If you can’t point to ways your preaching has evolved over the years, it could be you were exceptionally gifted from the start, or it may mean you’re still preaching junior varsity sermons.
As a pastor, few things warmed my heart more than church members telling me they prayed for me daily.
One can be a godly man without being a pastor, but one cannot be a faithful pastor without being a godly man.
Paul's instruction to his young protege in 2 Timothy 4:1-5 is a glorious reminder of the great burden and privilege of the call to preach the word.
70 percent of 18–22 year-olds stop attending church for at least one year, and a majority of 20 year-olds leave church, often never to return.
Through our social media, we can bless or curse, build up or tear down, honor or dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ.
Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed in others—and, unfortunately, in myself—three parental motivations to avoid. Like weeds that force their way through the best-cultivated garden or thickest concrete, these motivations seem stubborn, always reappearing; resilient, always resurfacing.
It is too high and too glorious a calling for just anyone to preach just anything for just any reason in just any way. Preaching is to be done by a man, called of God, who is compelled to herald the Bible with full conviction and faithful interpretation.
If you are seeking to influence little ones toward Christ, you might find these ten tips helpful.