To follow up with last week’s post called, Silver . . . Sloth . . . Self . . . Sex, I want to urge you to watch a gut-level talk on the subject of lust.

I delivered this message to those entering ministry, but I share it with you because we never outgrow the crucial reminders. That includes me.


I recently enjoyed an engaging conversation with my good friend, Dr. Mark Young, President of Denver Seminary. We talked about my favorite subject.


In this interview, we candidly discussed some issues we preachers deal with each week as expositors of the Word of God.

Here’s a quick sample of what we discussed:

  • In a culture that doesn’t accept the Bible as authoritative, where does our authority to preach come from?
  • Does using a personal illustration diminish the centrality of Christ?
  • How can we maintain a weekly routine of message preparation when the demands of ministry are so urgent?
  • As we gauge our congregation’s reactions during our message, how do we get on the same page when they’re inattentive or confused?
  • What can we do when we say something wrong in our message?
  • What’s the difference between preaching to a large congregation and a smaller one?
  • How does the gift of teaching play a role in our preaching?
  • What can a seminary education really do for us?
  • What can we do when we feel weary in preaching every week?

Are you salivating yet? Great! Please watch this interview and be encouraged in your pulpit ministry.

I recently delivered this message to seminary students, but as you will see—it applies to each one of us engaged in vocational Christian ministry.

Please take a few minutes and invest in your most valuable asset to your ministry.

Your relationship with Christ.

God will not speed up so the two of you can walk together. You have to slow down and take time for Him. I urge you to do so.

What do you think? What helps you maintain intimacy with the Savior in your ministry? You can tell me by clicking here.