Mailbag #23: Giving Feedback on Bad Sermons; Ratio among Staff and Non-Staff Pastors; Church Covenants and the Regulative Principle; Difference between “Pastors” & “Elders”?By Jonathan Leeman | 12.07.2015
— How do you give your pastor feedback for his sermons, particularly when they are bad? — Jonathan, why did you recommend that your church eliminate the requirement that there must be more lay elders than staff elders? — Wait a second! You’re saying you won’t do baby dedications because of the regulative principle. And then right after that, you talk about reading the church covenant together as a church. Isn’t that a violation of the regulative principle, too? — Does it create two tiers of leadership to always call staff pastors “pastors” and lay elders “elders”?
Faithfulness is not just saying the right words. It’s saying them like Scripture says them.
In the long run, good, helpful feedback will make him an even better preacher, which will contribute to your own spiritual growth and build up the church to the glory of Christ.
What exactly does “gospel-centered” mean in expositional preaching?
Explaining the text is not applying the text, and if you haven’t applied the text, you haven’t preached.
Like all Christians, women need the ammunition of the gospel for another week of battle in this hostile world.
Why should pastors today read The Art of Prophesying, a nearly 500-year-old book about preaching?
I’m not as smart as Martyn Lloyd-Jones or Charles Spurgeon, and neither are you. So here are 4 reasons to use manuscripts for your sermons.
Other forms of communication seem more immediately effective. Must we make preaching central to a church’s gathering?
I do not preach exactly the same way that I used to, and I hope that ten years from now I will not preach exactly as I do now.
How do we learn to live with the fact that no sermon will ever measure up to the depths of our text, to the needs of our people, or to our ideal images of ourselves? What does success look like when you know your preaching will never be good enough?
The best sermons bring the weight of the text to bear on the hearts and minds of the people.
Here are 12 kinds of sermons that appear to be expositional, but actually aren’t.
Now, at nearly the thirty-three year mark of ministry, I am running out of life much more quickly than I am running out of Bible.
A good gardener delights in what he plants, and finds joy in seeing the smallest fruit. So it must be for the pastor.