Prayer and Theological Imagination

Praying well does not guarantee preaching well. Joe might be a prayer warrior, but this does not mean that Joe should have (or that he even wants) the microphone. The opposite is true too. A good preacher is not necessarily a good pray-er. There are probably really...

Knowing the Heart of the Father

Can we truly preach with power apart from knowing the heart of the Father? I start with a bold question because I believe it’s that important. Wait. Please allow me to correct that: Jesus thought it was that important! John 5:19 says, “Therefore Jesus answered and was...

Prayerful Pastors Speak with Power

Pastor Melissa felt fantastic after service last Sunday.  As people left church several commented, “Great sermon, pastor!” She knew it, too. She saw tears in eyes. People laughed at all the right times, humor and illustrations were inserted with care to align with the...