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3 Major Trends in Sermon Length

The opinions about the “right” sermon length are varied, but they are typically intense. Several months ago, I conducted a social media poll to find out the preferred sermon length of preachers. Since that time, I have been observing pastors’ preaching on podcasts and in person. I have also been asking them directly about their sermon length.

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I found three dominant schools of thought about this issue. I have also been able to see some specific parameters that were not as clear in my previous post. Allow me to list them in order of their magnitude

1. The most frequent preaching length is 20 to 28 minutes. This preaching preference is not only noted among the greatest number of pastors (and church members as well), it appears to be the fastest growing segment. A number of pastors who were preaching longer sermons are now in this category. The most frequent rationale for this length is that it is received best by our culture of shorter attention spans. I find it interesting that 30 minutes as a sermon length is rarely mentioned. Many pastors are fastidious about keeping their sermons at least a couple of minutes shy of 30 minutes.
2. The second most frequent length is 45 to 55 minutes, but the number of pastors preaching this long is diminishing. Indeed, I wish I had considered this issue as one of my 15 trends for 2015. The longer sermon is still advocated by many pastors, but there are fewer of these pastors every year. The most common rationale for this longer sermon is that good exposition cannot take place in 30 minutes or less. One needs at least 45 minutes to do justice to the text.
3. The third most frequent length is one of no time constraints. This category of preaching is relatively small compared to the first two, but it has some strong advocates. Indeed the number of preachers and church members who are proponents of this view has held steady around 10 percent. The rationale for the “no time constraints” position is that we should not dictate how God might work in a sermon. If God leads the preacher to preach 10 minutes, so be it. If the sermon is over an hour, that is fine too.

I am watching these trends in sermon length carefully. A lot of my input and feedback comes from you readers of this blog. I look forward to hearing from you for a lively discussion!

Source: Christianpost.com

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Erica Campbell Educates People On The Difference Between God and Satan’s Voice

Erica Campbell may be known for her gospel music, but the Mary Mary group member is also using social media to educate people about learning the difference between the voice of Jesus and Satan.

Campbell, the 33-year-old “HELP” singer, took to Twitter and Instagram to give fans insight about telling the difference between the voice of God and Satan’s voice.

“No heart is an empty heart! Either Jesus is in control or Satan is in control,” Campbell wrote. “Who’s in control Gods way gets Gods results! Stop letting Satan talk to you!”

She went on to speak about the importance of avoiding negative thoughts.

“Those negative thoughts aren’t yours they’re his! U been listening so long, you can’t hear God anymore,” she wrote. “Who’s been in your ear? Who do you listen to?”

The singer explained how her followers could get to know the voice of God.

“Read the Bible today to learn God voice There’s no excuse not to, it’s on your phone, there are different versions of the bible so you can understand and comprehend and apply it to your life #seekHimfindHim #Satanwantsyourcompleteattention,”

she wrote.

Earlier this year, the singer announced that she would add church leader to her resume with The California Worship Center. Erica and her husband Warryn Campbell III have decided to become church leaders after hosting Bible studies in hotel rooms.

Warryn, the My Block Records CEO, who has produced music for his wife and her sister Tina in their group Mary Mary for years, has inspired a direction for the church.

“Warryn is real serious about ministry and wants to make sure that, above all, it is God-centered,” she said on The Yolanda Adams Morning Show earlier this year. “We kind of take the approach of [reaching out to] the broken, wounded people who have kind of been jaded by church and don’t want to go no more.”

Soure: Christianpost.com
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