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Articles by Derek Morris

Effective sermon delivery (September)

Successful preaching is a science and an art. This article will transport you from thorough sermon preparation to effective delivery—one step at a time.

Truth, love, and the justice of God: An interview with Jiří Moskala (August)

Sit down with Dr. Jiří Moskala, dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, and learn about the wonderful programs being offered and his advice for the future.

Discerning the will of God (June 2016)

Sometimes when we ask for a sign, the Holy Spirit simply points us back to the Word that has already been revealed.

Wise delegation (May 2016)

Identify volunteers who are full of wisdom.

Crossing the language barrier (March 2016)

We have made the commitment to provide a translation of our lead article each month in a variety of languages.

Transitions (February 2016)

The One who has led you this far will not leave you now.

Warning Signs (December 2015)

What are the warning signs when a spiritual leader might be at risk?

A Practical Guide to Evangelism: How to Win and Keep New Members (December 2015)

The author advises that “when using and interpreting the writings of Ellen G. White, we must apply the same principles of interpretation to them as we do to Scripture.”

Miraculous life transformation (November 2015)

There was an intense tug of war. Was this teaching really the truth or just another person’s opinion?

The perils and privileges of pastoral ministry (June 2015)

It is so easy and professionally acceptable to neglect appropriate self-care while encouraging others to intentionally replenish physically, emotionally, and socially.

Making room for young leaders (September 2015)

Do you have young adults in your circle of influence who have leadership potential?

Building a support network (May 2015)

Take a moment to reflect on your current support system.

Faithful to the end (July/August 2015)

In this double issue, we focus on the important themes of the second coming of Jesus and mission.

Why did Jesus promise signs and wonders? (July/August 2015)

Should we not focus on signs and wonders? We should focus on Jesus and His Word.

Adventist Evangelistic Preaching (July/August 2015)

A valuable resource for seasoned and inexperienced evangelists alike.

Prayer and the cosmic conflict (March 2015)

The preacher is commissioned to pray as well as to preach.

A clear sense of identity (February 2015)

As we study the Scriptures, we discover not only where we came from but also where we are going.

Blessed to Bless (November 2014)

Both individually and collectively, we have been blessed to bless.

Time to replenish (December 2014)

One of the greatest dangers for pastors is depletion.

Preaching in an Age of Distraction (December 2014)

How is it possible to preach in an age of constant, organized, intentional distracttion?

Avoiding pastoral burnout (January 2015)

What is your greatest challenge in ministry? I am sure we could find numerous answers to that question, but let me suggest one that is mentioned more and more frequently: exhaustion.

Mentor: An experienced and trusted advisor (September 2014)

She gave me a visible manifestation of the unfathomable love of God. Who could ask for more?

The sanctuary doctrine: Does it really matter? (August 2014)

Have we finally found peace, or have we just chosen to forget?

The importance of sound doctrine (June 2014)

You’ll find this month’s issue of Ministry packed with helpful material that can assist you as you preach, teach, and serve faithfully.

How millennial are you? (May 2014)

What is your experience either as a Millennial yourself or building bridges of understanding and community with Millennials in your congregation?

Life-changing preaching: An interview with Haddon W. Robinson (July 2014)

An outstanding preacher shares how he senses the hand of God as he speaks to his listeners.

Difficult Questions (March 2014)

How do you deal with difficult questions?

Defending Basic Rights: A Conversation with Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Leaders (March 2014)

As a result of this interview, you will gain a deeper understanding of the work and involvement of these leaders in the religious liberty and public affairs in our world.

Searching the Scriptures, serving the church: The mission and ministry of the Biblical Research Institute (June 2014)

The editors of Ministry interview the theologians of the Biblical Research Institute.

Learning About Evangelism (February 2014)

This special issue of Ministry is devoted to the theme of evangelism—both personal and public.

Seedtime and Harvest (December 2013)

How often have I tried to plant a church in a community without paying any attention to the condition of the soil?

Going Digital (November 2013)

Announcing the launch of Ministry online.

Your Daily Journey to Transformation: A 12-Week Study Guide (October 2013)

A lack of spiritual vitality in the life of the pastor can be devastating personally, for the pastoral family, and also for the church.

Sources of life and hope (September 2013)

Is there fertile ground that, with diligent work and loving care, could become a source of life and hope?

Restoration (August 2013)

Do you believe in restoration? Are damaged Christian leaders salvageable?

Affirming the Women in the Church: The Role of Women’s Ministry (October 2013)

Read why two pastors’ wives became involved in Women’s Ministry.

The Right Side of History (June 2013)

The call to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord involves a willingness to surrender our agenda and let Him be the Author of our histories.

Lifelong learners (May 2013)

How can we reach the teaming masses with the good news about Jesus?

Misguided Devotion (March 2013)

Practical counsel to apply to important relationships

The challenge of change (February 2013)

Change isn't easy, even when initiated by God.

Remembering and learning from our past: An interview with Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) (April 2013)

David Trim, Rowena Moore, and Benjamin Baker answer questions about what they call “a three-legged stool—archives, statistics, and research” that represents a department at the General Conference headquarters.

The Truth About Jesus (December 2012)

We don't have to speculate about Jesus.

A broad and comprehensive mission (November 2012)

Serving as a pastor in the twenty-first century is hard work.

MinistryinMotion (September 2012)

The Ministry team has added a new dimension to its work: MinistryinMotion.

Discerning the Signs of the Times (February 2012)

Have we become so accustomed to the chaos of our time that we cannot see the signs of the times?

United in Love: An interview with Daniel R. Jackson (October 2012)

Ministry’s editors dialogue with the president of the North American Division.

The 10/40 window: Far away and next door (June 2012)

Christians need to be intentional about building bridges of love and understanding with this large sector of the world’s population.

The Joy of Joining God in His work (May 2012)

When we move by faith beyond our internal insecurities and external adversities, we will see God work in life-changing, world-transforming ways.

Give them something to eat (March 2012)

How would your hearers describe the focus of your public presentations and personal interac­tions? Are you giving them more substantial nourishment than the junk food of this present age?

The Gift (December 2011)

The treasure that we can bring to those within our circles of influence is the good news about Heaven’s greatest Gift.

Extending Christ’s Healing Ministry: An interview with Chaplain Jay Perez (November 2011)

Read how God uses a hospital chaplain who impacts lives and communities with the healing ministry of Christ.

A Passion for Revival: An interview with Lee Venden (February 2012)

The author encourages people to spend time each day with God in Bible study and prayer and then share the received blessings with others.

Finding Strength and Wisdom Through the Word of God (September 2011)

Have you ever found strength and wisdom through the Word of God in a moment of temptation? It happened for Jesus. Three temptations are recorded during His time of fasting and prayer in the wilderness, and each time Jesus found strength and wisdom in the Scriptures. . .

The Blessings of Pastoral Ministry (August 2011)

I have been blessed to serve in a variety of pastoral settings: multichurch, solo pastor, and multistaff. Even during my tenure as a full-time university professor, I considered it a privilege to serve as a pastor to my students. As I reflect on these years, the blessings of pastoral ministry have been too numerous to count. . .

A Conversation with Adventist Church leaders in Europe (October 2011)

European people live in a society that has left Christianity behind—how do Christians witness in this atmosphere?

A Christ-centered mission (June 2011)

The apostle Paul was bold and unapologetic in his confession to the followers of Jesus in Corinth: “I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).* Similarly, to Christians in Galatia, he wrote, “God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14).

Daily Bread (May 2011)

I have found great joy knowing that countless Christians around the world are also seeking to be filled with the Word of God.

Prophetic preaching: An interview with Hyveth Williams (July 2011)

Editor’s note: Hyveth Williams brings a rich history of pastoral ministry and homiletic excellence to this interview. She currently serves as professor of preaching, Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States.

A call for reformation (March 2011)

The reformation we all need is a continued shaping of our hearts and lives in harmony with the will of God.

Preparing the way (February 2011)

Why didn’t they just brush him off as another fanatic? Because they saw holiness in his life; they saw a living connection with God.

The pastor as a harvest worker: Praying the radical prayer1 (January 2011)

What will happen to me if I give the Lord of the harvest permission “to throw me out into His harvest field”?

How to care for your voice: Eight practical suggestions for preachers (July/August 2010)

Are you taking care of the instrument God gave you to spread the gospel?

Classic Sermons on the Cross of Christ (September 1993)

A compilation of 12 great sermons on the cross of Christ.

Christianity With Power (May 1993)

This book has been hailed as a "landmark publication."

Marketplace preaching: Interview with Calvin Miller (November 1998)

A highly respected preacher talks about reaching people where they are

Inductive preaching: An interview with Fred B. Craddock (July 1998)

Preaching that leads people to arrive at their own conclusions

Slowing down to pray? (November 1997)

Finding a path to deeper personal spirituality

Relevant biblical preaching: the art of double listening. (January 1997)

Relating God's unchanging Word to our ever-changing world.

Preaching with prophetic passion (September 1999)

The necessity and value of passion in preaching

Bullets or buckshot (September 2000)

An interview with Haddon Robinson on effective preaching

Reaching the Secular Mind: An interview with Ravi Zacharias (March 2000)

Ravi Zacharias gives tips on reaching the secular minds of today.

Lord, teach us to preach! (October 2001)

The bottom-line essentials in preaching.

The witness of preaching (July 2001)

An interview with Dr. Thomas G. Long.

Celebration and experience in preaching (March 2001)

An interview with Henry H. Mitchell by Derek J. Morris.

Feedback and evaluation: Key to relevant biblical preaching (January 2001)

Using congregational feedback to improve preaching

The use of imagination in preaching (July 2002)

An interview with Thomas H. Troeger

Start a sermon resource group: Unleash your congregation's creativity (September 2003)

A viable plan for using our congregations in the act of sermon creation

Learning from the marketplace: Interview with Patricia Fripp (May 2003)

An interview: Practical principles for effective public speaking

Preaching Christian doctrine (January 2002)

Interview: The value of and approach to exposing biblical doctrine in the pulpit.

Prayer-saturated preaching (July 2009)

I was taught to pray from childhood. My parents encouraged me to pray when I got up in the morning and when I went to bed at night. They led us in prayer before and after each meal. I am deeply grateful for what I learned about prayer through my Christian upbringing. Some important foundations were laid. But there was a lot about prayer that I didn't know. I didn't know that prayer was all about relationship, a love relationship with God. I didn't know that I had to ask for spiritual blessings in order to receive them. I didn't know what a difference intercession could make.

From panic to purpose: the process and benefits of planning a preaching calendar (September 2004)

How to successfully hold a preaching calendar, and how it can and will benefit you.

Preaching out of the overflow: the spiritual life of the preacher (March 2004)

An interview with Barry Black, chaplain of the United States Senate.

Called to preach: an interview with E. E. Cleveland and Benjamin Reaves (December 2006)

Two great preachers discuss the importance of preaching, preparation for preaching, and making an appeal at the end of the sermon.

Preaching effectively without notes (October 2006)

A five-step process to leaving your notes out of the pulpit. (But you'll still need to write a manuscript!)

Visuals in preaching: increasing the impact of your biblical sermons (May 2006)

Preaching involves more than spoken words. Nonverbal communication can make or break your sermon.

Sequence preaching: How to design and prepare and effective sermon series (December 2008)

Sequence preaching: How to design and prepare an effective sermon series

First person narrative preaching: A fresh approach for telling the old, old story (May 2008)

Here's a way to incorporate drama into the sermon in a way that church members will find refreshing.

Embracing the next generation: an interview with Josh McDowell (March 2006)

A well-known speaker and author shares his passion for ministry to youth.

Preaching to the world: how Web church can extend the impact of your preaching ministry (July 2007)

Is streaming video a reason to stay home, watch church services, and avoid the crowds? Or does it actually have benefits?

Listening to your listeners (February 2007)

Many preachers view preaching as simply a time to speak. They fail to recognize that effective preachers need to listen attentively to their listeners. Every listener provides valuable feedback during the sermon, and wise preachers will learn to listen attentively to this feedback in order to connect more effectively with their congregation.

Examine everything carefully (August 2012)

We need a firm biblical foundation.
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