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If you want to help people see Holy Week with fresh eyes, start by dropping these familiar fallacies.
Here are two lists that have been very helpful to me. I combine them into what I affectionately call my Preacher’s Cheat-Sheet.
Ordering one’s life around faith and the church requires considerable sacrifice. Therefore, people have to see why church is so compelling that they would bother to get out of bed on Sunday morning. Moralistic pabulum and vague niceties don’t cut it. Pastors and teachers need to constantly trumpet the shocking claims of the gospel.
One of the most important strategies in avoiding burnout is to get rest. Without rest, burnout is inevitable. Without rest, collapse is certain.
Stop asking for a sign, a story of success, before being willing to try something new.
Starting a ministry will mean facing many disappointments and enduring lonely moments. We have to become experts at embracing the challenge and turning to God in prayer to watch Him crack the door and lay the foundation.
What you must not do at my funeral is make it all about me. What I want most is that "Christ will be honored in [my] body, whether in life or in death" (Phil.1:20).