CNLP 109: Chuck Swindoll on How He Interprets the Scripture and Stays Fresh in Leadership

Few preachers have the legacy that Chuck Swindoll has.

Author of many books and thousands of sermons, Chuck discusses his most recent book, Searching the Scriptures, and the method he uses to stay fresh in preaching and leadership.

Welcome to Episode 109 of the Podcast.


Guest Links: Chuck Swindoll

Searching the Scriptures: Find the Nourishment Your Soul Needs


Chuck Swindoll

Chuck on Twitter

Links Mentioned


Injoy Stewardship Solutions

Joe Sangl; Episode 68

Dr. Howard Hendricks

Richard Foster

Ravi Zacharias; CNLP 83

Takeaways from this Episode

How do you find the nourishment in the scriptures that the Lord has planned for his people to enjoy, learn from and guide their lives? Chuck talks about how the Bible changed his life and how it can transform the lives of others.

  1. Be accountable. You should solicit the advice of a trusted family member and a friend who will be transparent with you.
  2. Take God very seriously, but don’t take yourself that seriously. You’re the only one who thinks that you’re a big deal, but it’s by the grace of God that you have a voice.
  3. Stay fresh. Keep thinking of the scriptures as if it was the first time you’ve read them. Chuck says that he still finds new epiphanies.
  4. Guard against familiarity. You’re dealing with truth all the time. If you’re not careful, it becomes perfunctory, business as usual. If that happens, you need a break.
  5. Quickly admit being wrong. Don’t hide it. Say you made a mistake or admit it. Call yourself out when you judged or lost your temper, and be forthcoming.
  6. Stay positive. Chuck said that he learned about the secret of happiness from a member on his team. He says that you have to have something to do, you have to have something to love, and you have to have something to look forward to.

Quotes from this Episode

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Next Episode: Carey Nieuwhof, Jeff Brodie and Jeff Henderson

In 2015, Carey Nieuwhof stepped out of a the Lead Pastor role at Connexus Church (the only role he’d ever had) and assumed a new role as Founding and Teaching Pastor, while Jeff Brodie became the new Lead Pastor. A year into the transition, it’s been a success. Jeff Henderson interviews Carey and Jeff about why they made the change, how they did it, what worked and where the tension has been.

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1 Comment

  1. Wayne Stiles on October 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Fantastic interview with a marvelous teacher. Thanks for including this, Carey.

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