Psychiatrists tell us that a common complaint of their patients is “I don’t seem to be going anywhere with my life.” Reason enough, to be in the grip of despair. One is reminded of the ancient parable of life in which a young sea horse said to his father…
“Give me my inheritance. It’s time for me to live my own life. I’m going to seek my fortune.” (more…)
The way His death came about was swift and sickening. You know the story. Even while Peter was denying Him before a servant girl in the courtyard, Jesus was being shipped off to Pilate. This Roman Governor hated the Jews whom he ruled over. He caught on to their game quickly and started trying to find ways to set Jesus free. He began to probe into who Jesus thought He was. (more…)
In our everyday speech, we tend to take the sounds of language, namely, vowels and consonants, for granted. But when properly focused, these sounds can aid us in making important points and have an emotional impact on our listeners.
More than thirty years ago a dramatic study was conducted on patients seeking liberation from the debilitating effects of daily epileptic seizures. The patients consented to a radical surgery that severed the connection between the two hemispheres of the brain. Although the surgeons knew they were splitting the brain, it was later research that demonstrated that in doing so, they split the mind as well.
We gather together each week to hear the healing, saving word delivered in the good news of the Sunday Sermon. But there’s also something healing about good company. Thatâ€™s the indication of new research from Ohio State University.
â€œStress delays wound healing in humans and other animals, and social contact helps counteract this delay,â€ says Courtney DeVries, assistant psychology professor at Ohio State.
In learning effective church sign ministry, one of the first things you need to do is make sure your readers are never allowed to anticipate what the sign will say next. To stay ahead of your readers, donâ€™t deal with the same topic twice, unless it is a two-part message. Change the subject! In this way, the readerâ€™s curiosity will be maintained.
Now more than ever, preachers face enormous challenges as they struggle to answer the call to effective preaching with their Sunday Sermon. As they rise to answer their greatest responsibility â€“ providing the spiritual nourishment their people hunger for, it is vitally important that they connect the timeless message of Scripture, with todayâ€™s people, problems and pursuits. Effective sermons have never been more important as evidenced by a recent research report. The report, “Spirituality and Well-being in Australia”, suggests that the drift towards a more secular mindset among Australians can be detrimental to their health!
In writing your Sunday Sermons, it is useful to deploy such figures of speech as metaphor, simile and hyperbole. But one must not overlook those figures of speech that require skilled vocal production and articulation: Alliteration; Assonance; Onomatopoeia; and Sound Symbolism. Use the examples below to develop greater skill using Figures of Speech in your sermons.