knew that reading a magazine could be so dangerous?

recently read about a dust-up among our British cousins involving advice given
in a magazine. It seems that the February edition of Trail – the
top-selling hiking magazine in the UK – had an article about how to descend
safely if caught in bad weather on Ben Nevis in Scotland, Britain’s tallest

worthy topic, to be sure. Except that the advice given in the article, if followed,
would result in a lengthy fall. It seems that the directions offered in Trail
would lead the hiker straight off a cliff on the north face of the 4,406-foot


editor was very apologetic, explaining that the publication had inadvertently
omitted a couple of crucial steps in getting off the peak. Which would result
in one really long step for the hiker who followed their advice.

apparently it’s not the first little boo-boo for Trail. Last year,
the magazine was criticized by mountain rescue teams for claiming that three
popular hiking routes were snow-free during the winter.

of which got me to thinking about possible Preaching
articles that might be dangerous for our readers. Such as:

Them in Their Place
10 Sermons That Show Your Deacons Why They Are Demon-Possessed

on the Edge
Why Not Start Your Sermon Preparation over Breakfast next Sunday?

Their Priorities Straight
Begin Your Next Revival on Super Bowl Sunday Night

the 18-Point Sermon

Purposeless-Driven Sermon
Who Said it Had to Go Anywhere?

Snappy Comebacks When Your Organist Gets Grumpy

of a Good Thing
Why Your Church Will Enjoy a 90-Minute Sermon Now and Then

Time for Golf!

Why Spend Hours in the Study When You Can Preach Those Ogilvie, Swindoll and
Lucado Sermons That Are Already on Your Shelf?

Weakest Link
Sermon Application Gets Specific When You Name Names

any rate, we promise not to give you any of that bad advice in our preaching
articles. However, in our new cooking section . . .


Duduit is the Editor of Preaching magazine.

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About The Author

Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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