Relevant Preaching

Relevant Preaching
Furtick: Just decided Kanye, Taylor, & Beyoncé will make a guest appearance in my sermon this weekend. That’s interesting. My Pastor preached about 3 famous people this weekend, too. Mordecai, Esther, and Haman.

Should pastors be asking God to kill their neighbors?

Here’s a great example of what can go wrong when you preach from personal anecdotes rather than from God’s Word. Perry Noble is preaching about how he ignores his critics, and uses a cute little travel anecdote from a recent missions trip to help us see his point. It’s hard to ignore some things. It ...

New Turnstile Church strategy: We avoid God’s Word to keep you from sin

Almost two weeks ago, I asked Perry Noble supporters to give us examples of Noble’s biblical wisdom. I asked someone to describe the emperor’s advertised grand clothes, not seeing any myself, and all of his supporters on this site (and there are many) decided he was best left in his jeans and tee shirt. Perhaps ...

What would Steve Jobs do?

If you regularly read the blogs of the likes of Perry Noble, Steven Furtick or Tony Morgan, you’ll find that they’re more likely to cite the works of leading marketers than they are theologians. One of their distinctive as leaders is their intentional integration of marketing techniques with an evangelistic message. Some examples: Tony Morgan ...

Pssst. Wanna hear a good preacher?

Someone asked us in a comment yesterday why PP doesn’t just oppose every pastor. The answer, obviously, is that there are many, many pastors doing fine work and preaching God’s word faithfully and intelligently. Besides my own pastor, one of my favorite preachers is Sinclair Furguson of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. While every sermon ...

Fill in the bio

Catalyst Conference’s bio for Perry Noble describes him this way: Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, and his biblical wisdom and leadership insights exceed his years. I’ve seen a lot of Noble’s leadership insights on his blog, so that part of the bio isn’t terribly remarkable, even though IMHO they’re generally recycled authoritarian corporate ...

Preaching the Gospel With Excellence

Earlier, I posted Furtick’s reasoning for Elevation church growth, which included: We worship Jesus and preach the Gospel with excellence. This brought up the question, how do you preach the Gospel with excellence? First of all, I should say that I have a problem with the way these churches use the word excellence. I may do a ...

A Glimpse into the Mind of a Visionary

A Glimpse into the Mind of a Visionary
Original post: http://www.stevenfurtick.com/uncategorized/sermon-planning-audio-blog/ In this very special audio version of his blog, Pastor Furtick and a few special guests from his creative team have a round table discussion about how the sermon series are planned at Elevation. In an act of selfless bravery, I listened to all thirty minutes of this, so that you don’t ...

Furtick and Noble’s recipe for disaster

“Advice” for preachers: RT @stevenfurtick: Pastors-today you’ll come to a point in your msg where you’ll think: “I can’t say that.” Say it. That explains a lot, I fear.

It’s all about me, except when it’s all about you

In comments to another post, Sophie passes along a useful set of insights from Josh Harris, via JPiper, on why sermons aren’t always best Twittered. It got me thinking about a listen/speaking tension that sermon Twittering creates. It’s all about me. The act of Tweeting assumes that there are people who care about what you ...