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Some pastors see sermon illustrations in everyday experiences.

That’s not me.

I see practical concepts worked out in everyday situations. I try to connect ideas together, and to imagine how I might use writing to communicate fresh perspectives.

When I say “writing,” I’m always thinking in article units. 500-2,000 words. The length of a magazine article or book chapter.

Here’s a recent example. Continue reading


Trends in writing (ANY writing)


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Do me a favor. Grab the book you’re currently reading and flip through the pages. What do you see? This post is going to help you interpret it.

Sweeping trends are happening. These tips apply to virtually any writing. Certainly for publishing books and magazine articles, but also for writing blogs and emails. Especially emails.

I’m a communicator. I have a degree in communication. That’s what I do. I certainly don’t mean that I do it perfectly. Nor do I mean that my primary communication is when I preach each Sunday. Human communication is a specialty of mine, as it should be for every leader.

I’ve learned that more information does not necessarily mean more communication. But that’s old news. Here’s what’s new about today’s world. Brace yourself: Continue reading