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26. Questions for a Pulpit Committee

January 4, 2011

I have a friend who will soon be interviewed by a pulpit committee for the position of pastor. He wrote to a few friends asking for some “killer questions.” Here are a few of the suggested questions:1. What’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to address?2. When people in this community hear the name of this church, what d...

27. Q and A video – Should Christians Be Involved in Politics?

August 30, 2010

The last election was mean-spirited and it was hard to discern between truth and lies. Should Christians separate from political activism and focus on “Christian work” instead?

28. Don’t Change Your Vote

August 26, 2010

A note arrived from a pastor asking an unusual question. When the leaders of a particular ministry met, they were evenly divided on whether or not to dismiss a staff member. Because the vote was deadlocked, the pastor cast the deciding vote in favor of termination. When word leaked out, certain people were very upset, including some who threatened ...

29. Let’s Meet J. D. Jones

August 6, 2010

In 1898 a young man named J. D. Jones became the pastor of the Richmond Hill Congregational Church in Bournemouth, a popular English seaside resort. The church building is located near the Central Square so that whoever preached there could draw people from all directions. That’s what J. D. Jones did for 40 years. He was called “the man…

30. Battling the Black Dog

May 13, 2010

It’s a little-known and rarely discussed secret that pastors sometimes struggle with depression. There are many reasons why we prefer not to deal with this problem openly. Because we look to our pastors as spiritual leaders, it’s hard to think of them wrestling with fear, discouragement, doubt and depression. And pastors feel the pressu…

31. Don Gerig

February 24, 2010

The word arrived via email from a friend that Don Gerig died last night. I felt glad and sad when I heard the news, glad for Don and sad for the rest of us. Not quite a year ago Don started a blog called Gerig’s Musings detailing his journey through brain cancer treatment. If you read the entries, you get a good sense of how a Christian fac...

32. Quiet Hints, Chapter 26–"Unconscious Decay”

February 16, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 26, “Unconscious Decay."A man growing better does not measure the stages of his progress, nor does a man becoming worse realize the headway of his descent. Men who live nearest to the heart of God do not prate of their visions nor boast of the light in t...

33. Quiet Hints, Chapter 25–"Eagles, Race-horses and Plodders”

February 15, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 25, “Eagles, Race-horses and Plodders.”The high art of walking is one which the minister must master. He must have a genius for plodding. The clergyman who is able to trudge bravely through the years, filling the months with quiet honest work, pressing h…

34. Quiet Hints, Chapter 24–"Near to Men Near to God”

February 14, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 24, “Near to Men Near to God.” A man may be a pagan alone, he cannot be a Christian. A preacher of Christianity must live as close as possible to men. Isolation to him is fatal. If he has a disposition which shrinks from the society of others his disposit...

35. Quiet Hints, Chapter 23–"Books and Reading”

February 13, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 23, “Books and Reading."There are preachers who would be stronger in their ministry if they read fewer books.Books are numerous and cheap and no other working man in the town has so many hours in a wee which can be given to reading as the minister. A par...

36. Quiet Hints, Chapter 22–"Thy Speech Betrayeth Thee”

February 12, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 22, “Thy Speech Betrayeth Thee."The greatest danger to which a young man is subjected in the Seminary, is not, as many timid folks imagine, heretical interpretations of the Scriptures but a style of language which the plain people do not understand.The ...

37. Quiet Hints, Chapter 21–"Mannerisms”

February 11, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 21, “Mannerisms."Mannerisms as a rule are veritable dragons which throwing themselves between the preacher and his hearers must be warred against and slain. Eternal vigilance is the price the man of God must pay for deliverance from this plague of pulp...

38. Quiet Hints, Chapter 20–"Meanness”

February 10, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 20, “Meanness.” ...

39. Quiet Hints, Chapter 19–"Foolishness”

February 9, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 19, “Foolishness."Beginning a speech with an apology is a piece of nonsense unprovoked and inexcusable, but if you wish to break a man of that habit he must be caught young. Why squander time in announcing what will become perfectly clear before one si...

40. Quiet Hints, Chapter 18–"Pettiness”

February 8, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 17,"Pettiness.” Certain vices only mar, others lacerate and kill. Not one of them kills more surely than a petty disposition. The Christian religion is nothing if not large.A sermon is the life-blood of a an baptized into the spirit of the Lord, and every...

41. Quiet Hints, Chapter 17–"Discontent”

February 7, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 17, “Discontent."Discontent may be said to be one of the prevailing sins of the ministerial world. How prevalent it is the public does not fully know, for ministers who are discontented do not shout their dissatisfaction from the house-top.They write it ...

42. Quiet Hints, Chapter 16–"Vanity”

February 6, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 16, “Vanity.” “Every gift, no matter what it is, has a coiled serpent it. A man’s deadliest danger lies ever at the center of his greatest strength.""Many a man has had his usefulness destroyed by the very gift which should have car...

43. Quiet Hints, Chapter 15–"Autocracy”

February 5, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 15,"Autocracy.""The environment of a clergyman contains abundant nutriment for the nourishment of the papal proclivities of human nature.""If laymen were allowed to-day the privileges they enjoyed in the time of Jesus, and could say to mi...

44. Quiet Hints, Chapter 14–"Dishonesty”

February 4, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 14, “Dishonesty.""If a man is crotchety he can be tolerated; if he is prejudiced or ignorant he can be borne with ; he may be lacking in a score of qualities which men count desirable and still be a useful and an honored man. But who can endure a mi...

45. Quiet Hints, Chapter 13–"Selfishness”

February 3, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 13, “Selfishness.""Thick-witted men occasionally get the notion that they can glorify God by preaching theology and at the same time scorn their congregation.""If a minister says he loves God, and in his heart slights or despises his peo...

46. Quiet Hints, Chapter 12–"Building the Tower”

February 2, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 12, “Building the Tower."A church likes to feel itself in the grip of a man who knows not only where he is going but also by what stages the goal can in all probability best be reached. Some men’s sermons are only bushwhackers fig...

47. Quiet Hints, Chapter 11–"The Value of a Target”

February 1, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 11, “The Value of a Target.""It is easier to lose one’s way in the ministry than in any other calling.""Even men who work prodigiously on their sermons may forget the end for which sermons ought to be prepared.""An aiml...

48. Quiet Hints, Chapter 10–"Despondency”

January 31, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson:"The world does not know how great a tax upon a sensitive man an earnest sermon is. No man can vitalize other men without devitalizing himself. Sermons that heal and lift have in them the red blood of the preacher’s heart.” “A disheartened man takes the...

49. Quiet Hints, Chapter 9–"Clerical Hamlets”

January 30, 2010

Notes taken from Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers by Charles E. Jefferson, Chapter 9, “Clerical Hamlets."Whatever else a minister may be he must be preeminently a man of good cheer.” ...

50. Copyright Good and Bad

January 29, 2010

Yesterday I received a note from someone who wanted to know my views on those who use my material in their own preaching and writing. It seems that he had run across an unusual case (at least it is unusual in my experience) and wanted to know my opinion. How do I feel when I find out that other people out there somewhere, unnamed and unknown to me,...

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