Chapter 4

Preaching To Skeptics this Easter

Showing your hearers why the gospel is worth believing.

With evangelical PR spiraling out of control, and religious nones soaring, you may find more skeptics in your pews this Easter. How will you engage skepticism this Easter?

Sermon preparation is, at once, intensely personal and publicly accountable. We preach a text visible to all while listening to the invisible promptings of the Spirit through prayer, experience, culture, and our own congregations. With that in mind, here are a few things to consider as you prepare to preach this Easter.

Acknowledge the usefulness of doubt

Anything worth believing has to be worth doubting. If your beliefs can’t stand up to your doubts and to the questions that rise through difficult times, what value do your beliefs really have? Are they even true? Doubt has many uses. Doubt can bring clarity to what we believe by weakening wrong beliefs. For instance, by doubting religious and scientific thought, Copernicus overturned the commonly held view that the sun revolves around the earth. His heliocentric ...

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