Author: David Prince

Preacher, Feeling Good is Overrated

“Feeling good is overrated.” Those were the words of a sports psychologist speaking to a group of athletes. He was explaining that focusing on feeling good to perform well is problematic for any athlete. Occasionally, an athlete feels excellent, is in the zone, and performs at their highest level. On other occasions, an athlete is entirely out of sorts and cannot seem to do anything right. But most of the time athletes competes somewhere in between those two rare outliers. They must learn to compete when they do not feel really good, which is most of the time. This...

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Preaching to Suffers

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet All people suffer. All Christians suffer. In fact, Christians suffer in unique ways because of their faith commitment. After being stoned and left for dead, the apostle Paul exhorted the disciples to understand, “It is necessary to go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). No matter how many safeguards we build into our lives, we cannot keep suffering from invading them. Preaching to sufferers is another way of saying preaching to people. Everyone is somewhere on the suffering spectrum. But this realization does not lead...

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Sow the Word: Biblical Authority in Missions

Some have recently suggested that downplaying a focus on the authority of the Bible is a necessary evangelistic strategy in reaching people who do not recognize the authority of the Bible. Much of my ministry is focused on reaching people from around the world who have no allegiance to the authority of the Bible whatsoever. On a weekly basis, I am in conversation with atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, agnostics, or people from other backgrounds who are here as international students or visiting scholars. For many of them, the Bible has no more significance than any other old book. In...

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How to Help Your Children Become Better Sermon Listeners

I was recently asked, “How would you explain to children in grade school what a sermon is and what they should be doing during the sermon?” I thought it might be a good question to answer in an article since I have frequently had similar questions over the years. What is a sermon? A sermon is when a man of God delivers the message of God directly from the Word of God (the Bible) to the people of God in the church and to unbelievers who are also listening. A sermon is not merely an intellectual lecture, a form...

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Don’t Theologize or Spiritualize Ministry Mediocrity

I believe in the primacy of Christ-centered expository preaching in the life of the church. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asserted in his classic book, Preaching, and Preachers, “I would say without any hesitation that the most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and the most urgent need in the Church, it is obviously the greatest need of the world also.” I agree wholeheartedly with that statement. Lloyd-Jones also wrote in Preaching and Preachers, “True preaching, after all, is God acting. It is not just a man uttering words; it is...

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