New Year's is right around the corner, so we are taking this chance to look back at some of the best sermons, articles, and illustrations from this past year. Please join us as we take a walk down memory lane.
Our best sermons this year were thematically based. Either based on hot-topic issues the church had to interact with or with one of Preaching Today's themes/holidays. Because of the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, Jim Nicodem's piece provided a great idea of how to approach this topic in your context. Seasonal sermons were memorable as well. Dan Meyer's sermon for Halloween and Kevin Harney's message on Thanksgiving Day provided some fodder for sermon ideas.
7. Facing Up to Depression, Mark Meynell God did not create us to be strong without him, which is why he is interested in our weaknesses.
Ken Shigematu's article, "Hitting Your Creative Peak," was one of the best articles of all time for Preaching Today! His tips for creating a longer runway for sermon prep resonated well with our readers, and encouraged them to try out some new sermon prep practices. The introduction article to Preaching Today's summer series, "R-Rated: Preaching Those Unsafe OT Texts," was a great reminder to not skip over some of the more difficult passages in the Bible. (You can find that article in Spanish on our site as well.)
If you know anything about Matt Woodley, Preaching Today's editor, you know he loves illustrations. He was happy to see a very broad range of illustrations show up in our Top 7 list. These illustrations are on the topics of love, money, apps, stress, a bus driver, and even engineers. If you missed one of these, be sure to check them out!
Matt Woodley serves as the Editor for PreachingToday.com and the Pastor of Compassion Ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also the author of God With Us: The Gospel of Matthew (IVP).