Issue #142
Purpose-Driven Preaching: an interview with Rick Warren
by Michael Duduit
By the time you finish reading this article, you'll have ten tips for immediately improving your preaching!

This is an interview of Rick that appeared in Preaching, and we thought you would want to read it.

But WAIT, before you drill into the text, we want to tell you that at the top of this article is a FREE sermon download designed to help you prepare your congregation for the many outreach opportunities flowing from Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which releases next week ... [more]
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Marriage and the power of commitment
by Ravi Zacharias

Marriages in evangelical churches seem just as doomed as those outside the church. Why?

Ravi Zacharias suggests many people, Christians included, still see love � the emotion � instead of love � the commitment. In an excerpt from his new book, I, Isaac, take Thee, Rebekah, he explains the power of commitment and the will to love in�a marriage relationship ... [more]

The Passion, the Purpose and Person of Jesus Christ Small Group Study

This three-week, video based, small group study from Saddleback allows participants to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the film, The Passion of the Christ, and to find answers to their questions about Christ�s death and resurrection. It offers an opportunity for those in your congregation to invite unsaved friends to their small groups.

PastorPreneur: Pastors and Entrepreneurs Answer the Call
John Jackson (Visionquest Ministries, 2003)  

Strategic thinker John Jackson pastors the church he started in 1998 and grew to more than 2,000 in less than five years. His philosophy of ministry involves five key strategies: getting the attention of the community, building strategic partnerships, hosting faith-building events, mobilizing every member, and multiplying your impact. For those who are hoping to revitalize a current ministry as well as church planters, this is a good book to add to your library.


"Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them?" - PD Pete

"Don�t beg, don�t bargain, and don�t bribe. Just believe." - Rick Warren

"You must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected." - Luke 12:40 (NLT)

A BEFORE the 'Passion' sermon - This link takes you to a FREE sermon download designed to help you prepare your congregation for the many outreach opportunities flowing from Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.
10 questions to ask about 'The Passion' - These questions will help in thinking through the movie or in discussing it with others. A great tool for explaining the theology behind 'The Passion' by our friend Don Whitney.
Invite a friend to 'The Passion' - With this site, you can invite your friends to join you at the theatre to see Mel Gibson's new movie. Put in the time and location you want, and setup a list of e-mail addresses of your guests. Watch as all your invitations are sent out via e-mail, the RSVP's are tracked electronically, and reminders are automatically sent just beforehand.
A website for people with 'Passion' questions - After seeing the movie, is an opportunity for those in your community to explore The Passion of the Christ. Feature articles on the site will deal with common questions people have after seeing the movie.
Making the 'Passion' personal - One of our favorite authors on contemplative prayer, Tricia Rhodes, is offering a FREE series of devotionals related to The Passion of the Christ. You can access them three different ways on her website, including having them sent to your e-mail address daily. They're designed to lead the reader on a spiritual journey toward Easter.

A �Passion' Review: a master storyteller presents a crucified Christ - Jon Walker

'The Passion' reveals the centrality of the Cross - Ted Baehr

Rabbi says 'Passion' protests do more harm than good - Rabbi Daniel Lapin

Every pastor, every priest, every church leader responded in the same way - Stan Coleman

New book can prepare Christians for questions about 'Passion' - Mark Kelly

Tracts based on 'The Passion' answer 'Who killed Jesus?' - Erin Curry

Evangelism tool: 'JESUS: Fact or Fiction' DVD - Staff

For Women in Ministry: Ordering your thought life - Mary Southerland

�We have made following Jesus all about being a good church member.� - Reggie McNeal, The Present Future (Jossey-Bass, 2003)

"This is God�s movie. The Holy Ghost was running the show. I was just directing traffic.� - Mel Gibson, quoted in Focus on the Family (Feb/Mar 2004)

Here�s a �top ten� list men will find interesting. It�s Clint Eastwood�s ten-point guide to life that appears in an article titled �What Would Clint Do?�
1. Call your own shots.
2. Be fearless.
3. Keep moving.
4. Love your job.
5. Speak softly ... (you know the rest).
6. Don�t be predictable.
7. Find a good woman.
8. Learn to play the piano.
9. You are what you drive.
10. Avoid extreme makeovers. - Men�s Journal (Feb 2004)

�What Gibson has done is to use all of his considerable skill to portray the most dramatic moment of the most dramatic events since the dawn of time. There is no escape. It's a punch to the gut that puts you on the canvas, and you don't get up. You are simply confronted by the horror of what was done � what had to be done � and why ....

�The truth is this: Is it just a �movie�? In a way, yes. But it goes far beyond that, in a fashion I've never felt - in any forum. We may think we �know.� We know nothing. We've gone 2,000 years � used to the idea of a pleasant story and a sanitized Christ. We expect the ending because we've heard it so many times. God forgive us. This film tears that all away. It's is as close as any of us will ever get to knowing, until we fully know.� - News anchor Jody Dean of KTVT in Dallas after seeing The Passion of the Christ

In last week's ToolBox, we incorrectly labeled a verse in Rick's column. The scripture reference - part of the first point in the Three things that hinder our hearing - should be Proverbs 18:13. Here's the corrected sentence: PRESUMPTION - when we think we already know it all. "He who answers before listening - that is his folly and his shame." (Pr. 18:13, NIV) - Staff

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