10 amazingly popular sermon templates

Did I make you look?

The 10 most popular stories last week from a web site called, appropriately, Mental Floss:

1. 65 Amazing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind, by Jason English

2. 42 Idiom Origins Explained, by John Green

3. 11 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Still Buy, by Therese Oneill

4. What Your Facebook Status Updates Say About Your Age, by Arika Okrent

5. The 10 Most-Watched Series Finales Ever, by Stacy Conradt

6. 10 Old English Words You Need to Start Using, by Mark Forsyth

7. 10 Future Stars Who Appeared on ’80s Crime Shows, by Jennifer M. Wood

8. How to Cook the Perfect Steak, by Max Silvestri

9. 15 Creative Uses for Old School Buses, by Virginia McGuire

10. 10 Things to Know About Gravity, by Erin McCarthy

11. How Many Spaces Should Be at the End of a Sentence?, by Arika Okrent

I read this list and thought about sermon writing. Numbered lists. Questions (or implied questions). Little mysteries. A promise that the story can deliver on.

Should a sermon writer take a hint from these? Or is that being seduced by advertising tricks?


Keller on preaching prep

Tim Keller talks about how much time to put into sermon prep:

I pastor a large church and have a large staff, and so I give special prominence to preparing the sermon. I give it 15–20 hours a week. I would not advise younger ministers to spend so much time, however. The main way to become a good preacher is to preach a lot, and to spend tons of time in people work—that is how you grow from becoming not just a Bible commentator but a flesh and blood preacher. When I was a pastor without a large staff, I put in six to eight hours on a sermon.

Full story here.

Sheep & goats: Matthew 25:31-46

I don’t often post sermon drafts, but this week I am. 

Are you a sheep or a goat? Continue reading “Sheep & goats: Matthew 25:31-46”