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The Hardest Sermons You'll Ever Have to Preach: Help from Trusted Preachers for Tragic Times

, 2011
ISBN: 9780310496731


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Cancer. Suicide. The death of a child. As much as we wish we could avoid tragedies like these, eventually they will strike your church community. When they do, pastors must be ready to offer help by communicating the life-changing message of the gospel in a way that offers hope, truth, and encouragement during these difficult circumstances. Those asked to preach in the midst of tragedy know the anxiety of trying to say appropriate things from God’s Word that will comfort and strengthen God’s people when emotions and faith are stretched thin. This indispensable resource helps pastors prepare sermons in the face of tragedies by providing suggestions for how to approach different kinds of tragedy, as well as insight into how to handle the theological challenges of human suffering.

Each topic provides a specific description of the context of the tragedy, the key concerns that need to be addressed in the message, and an outline of the approach taken in the sample sermon that follows. Topics addressed include:

  • Abortion
  • Abuse
  • Responding to national and community tragedies
  • The death of a child
  • Death due to cancer and prolonged sickness
  • Death due to drunk driving; drug abuse
  • Suicide

Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-Centered Preaching, has gathered together messages from some of today’s most trusted Christian leaders. Each chapter provides you with the resources you need to communicate the life-giving hope of the gospel in the midst of tragedy.

Resource Experts
  • Editor’s note
  • Further suggestions of biblical texts for addressing various subjects
  • Guidance for conducting funerals
  • “Helps for Handling Tragedies”
  • Tim Keller
  • John Piper
  • Michael Horton
  • Jerram Barrs
  • Dan Doriani
  • Robert S. Rayburn
  • Mike Khandjian
  • Wilson Benton
  • Bob Flayhart
  • Jack Collins
  • George Robertson
  • Title: The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach: Help from Trusted Preachers for Tragic Times
  • Author: Bryan Chapell
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Suffering › Religious aspects--Christianity--Sermons; Consolation › Sermons; Sermons, American
  • ISBNs: 9780310496731, 9780310331216
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T15:41:42Z

Scripture references are linked directly to Greek and Hebrew texts, along with the English Bible translations of your choice. For any word in any language, you can double-click on that word and your digital library will automatically search your lexicons for a match. That gives you unprecedented access to linguistic data, along with all the tools you need for exegesis and interpretation.

Bryan Chapell

Dr. Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and president emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered WorshipEach for the OtherHoliness by GracePraying BackwardsThe Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.


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  1. Christian Concha
    Excellent Book!!!


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