The Problem of Evil Jessica Kelley, a mom who has experienced deep loss, offers some thoughts regarding theodicy. She writes, …it seems the majority of Christians consider evil and suffering to be part of God’s “perfect plan.” They believe God specifically allows things like sexual abuse, the Holocaust, and Henry’s cancer for an unknown “greater […]
Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category
The Gift of Life Ann Voskamp offers a moving post on Gosnell, Steubenville, and the gift of life. This is a must read. Check out What Gosnell and the Gospel Mean to the Brave When Fear Holds Us Back Fear can stunt the growth of a church and keep a Christian from becoming a mature […]
I do not describe myself as a writer, although I enjoy it very much. I am a minister and this requires me to write, and write well. Each week I write at least one sermon, sometimes two. For each sermon I write an entire manuscript of what I am going to say. I also write […]
What model of preaching should be adopted by ministers? Many have been suggested and I suspect there are positives and negatives to each, but let me suggest a model that would benefit all preachers and every sermon. The preacher as an artist is a model I believe every minister should adopt. An artist is someone who […]
An inspirational story about a very creative young boy. Go out and strive to be as creative as Caine!
Know the Text – The text of scripture you are preaching on should be your main inspiration. You cannot create a relevant message for your congregation if you do not know the text. Live in the text. Be inspired by the text. The best sermons are not the ones that simply repeat the text and […]
The best book I’ve read on preaching this year is not a book on homiletics or theology, but a book on creativity by Austin Kleon, entitled Steal Like An Artist. It is not a large book. In fact, it can easily be read in one sitting, but it is a book filled with helpful information. […]