How Our Preparation Can Make Our Teaching Ineffective

In their helpful book Effective Bible Teaching, James C. Wilhoit and Leland Ryken remind us that ineffective teaching arises at one of two levels: (1) the planning and preparation level; (2) the presentation level. In this post I want to focus on the planning and preparation level. What happens in the planning stage that causes us … Continue reading How Our Preparation Can Make Our Teaching Ineffective

Self-Promotion, Pastoral Ministry, and Our Spiritual Condition

Last week I wrote an article on the issue of self-promotion. Today I want to apply a few reflections from last week's article specifically to pastoral ministry. Postcards and Self-Promotion Before I went to seminary I served for nearly five years as a youth pastor. I was fresh out of college with a Bible degree and a desire … Continue reading Self-Promotion, Pastoral Ministry, and Our Spiritual Condition

A Little Friendly Advice for College Graduates

This past Sunday Stanford University celebrated the graduating class of 2015. Over the past year I have had the privilege of working with a few of these students through our church's campus ministry. At our group meeting two weeks ago I took a moment to offer a little advice to our graduates. Here's what I said. (1) Find a … Continue reading A Little Friendly Advice for College Graduates