How to Write a Funeral Sermon

If you are a preacher of the Word, you will one day have to preach a funeral. And that one day might be Tuesday. Even if you’ve heard a lecture in class on how to prepare for a funeral, it’s almost impossible for that lecture to cover all the bases: every death is different, because every human is a special creation of God.

Though every funeral sermon should also be, therefore, unique and different, the central task is still the same as that of any sermon: to faithfully herald what God has said in Scripture. You will have to face this question:

How can I write a faithful, concise, powerful, comforting sermon for this particular funeral service?

God has a great deal to say to the bereaved, and these principles will help you share his message at a funeral.
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What Did Jesus Mean by “Gates of Hell”?

“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!… I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:17–18). The “gates of hell”? Why did Jesus respond to Peter’s confession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” in this way? (16:16)
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Learn to Highlight Biblical References in Lexicons


Just like English words, a lot of Hebrew and Greek words have multiple possible meanings. Many lexicons, therefore,  list all the possibilities for these biblical words. Some Hebrew and Greek dictionaries will also give biblical references where specific definitions occur.
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Celebrate Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lasting Legacy

“One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A legacy of courage

German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) is considered one of the most influential Christian martyrs in recent history. While his outspoken stand against injustice before and during World War II cost him his life, his collected writings on Christian commitment, community, and purpose continue to inspire and challenge people today.
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Get Flawed Perfection and a Free Lexham Title


Flawed Perfection may sound like an oxymoron, but that’s clearly intentional. Jeffrey Brauch’s new title with Lexham Press, Flawed Perfection, shows how understanding our broken world through the lens of Scripture can help Christians make better sense of today’s most perplexing issues.

What about exploitation, violence, and the rule of law? They, too, are further complicated by common human brokenness. How should Christians respond? [Read more…]

How to Search Chapters Rather Than Verses in Logos

Today’s blog post centers around a question I periodically answer from users and it was emailed to me again recently. Hopefully this little trick will help you out sometime.
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The Public Prayers of John Stott


As a lifelong Anglican, John Stott treasured the Book of Common Prayer. In addition to the prayers found in that great book, he also composed several of his own. These range in subject from doubt to poverty to politics. While he wrote them in response to a variety of circumstances in England, many of them so timeless and boundless that they’re just as powerful today as they were when Stott first wrote them.
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Get Over 100 Bible Study Resources for under $200

If you’ve ever wanted to get Logos but have been waiting for the best possible deal, the time is now.

For the month of April, first-time base package purchasers can get Logos 7 Starter for under $200.

This is the lowest price for Logos 7 we’ve ever offered online—33% off! For only $194.99, you’ll get a library of over 100 Bible study resources, plus the features that make them most useful for study:
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Save 40% on April Publisher Spotlight Specials!

This month the Publisher Spotlight shines brightly on special deals and titles from Lexham Press—all at 40% off!

Act quickly and enjoy savings on preaching, teaching, and theology resources. Check out all the deals here, but especially: [Read more…]

For Service, Study, and Mission: April Resources, April Deals!


Pastoral care, biblical studies, growing the missional church—you’ll find it all (and more!) at savings of up to 44% during April’s monthly sale. [Read more…]