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The Story Behind Christ-Centered Preaching

The Story Behind Christ-Centered Preaching

Have you ever been deeply disappointed with your own preaching, felt like a failure, and considered leaving the ministry? Bryan Chapell did, and in a recent Faithlife Today...

Stop Thief! (Should I Have Put That in Quotes?)

Stop Thief! (Should I Have Put That in Quotes?)

Students regularly ask me when and how to cite sources in their sermons. There is, of course, no easy, one-size-fits-all, black-and-white answer to their question. As J. D....

Fact-Checking Your Sermon Illustrations

Fact-Checking Your Sermon Illustrations

Regardless of what you think of Roger Olson's theology, this excerpt from his book The Story of Christian Theology serves as an important reminder for preachers to...

Preacher, Doodle. Doo.

Preacher, Doodle. Doo.

David Prince is one of my favorite contemporary authors in the field of homiletics. His blog posts, book Church with Jesus as Hero, and dissertation on "The Necessity...

Pastors, It’s Time to Preach through 1 Peter

Pastors, It’s Time to Preach through 1 Peter

For a number of reasons 1 Peter has suffered from neglect of interest. In 1976 John H. Elliot wrote these classic words regarding 1 Peter which still ring true today (though...

Go Up to the Pulpit the Same Way You Come Down

Go Up to the Pulpit the Same Way You Come Down

H. B. Charles shares this lesson and story to encourage preachers to guard their hearts from pride in the pulpit: The pulpit is a dangerous place. It can fill the preacher...

Be Clear, But Don’t Dumb Down the Bible

Be Clear, But Don’t Dumb Down the Bible

Is the average person today living in a post-Christian world really capable of understanding the theology of the Bible? Should a pastor avoid doctrinal themes and terms in...

Give the Text a Voice Not a Makeover

Give the Text a Voice Not a Makeover

Jason Meyer has some good thoughts on the need for preachers to rely on the power of the Word and not on their artistry and personality: Many a good book has suffered at the...

The 10 Commandments of Preaching

The 10 Commandments of Preaching

After 40 years of preaching Sinclair Ferguson took some time (on a airplane!) to write down his 10 commandments of preaching. Though Ferguson admits his commandments are not...

Preaching for My Own Ego

Preaching for My Own Ego

Gary Burge shares this account in his book Interpreting the Gospel of John: As a newly-ordained Presbyterian minister I served as interim pastor at a small church in...

How to Select a Preaching Text, Part 2

How to Select a Preaching Text, Part 2

(This post is the second in a two-part series. You can read Part 1 here.) Sunday is over and another sermon is in the books. Now it’s Monday and you can take a break, right?...

How to Select a Preaching Text, Part 1

How to Select a Preaching Text, Part 1

(This is the first a two-part series on selecting a preaching text within an expository book series.) There are a number of factors involved in selecting a text (or topic or...

Popery in the Pulpit

Popery in the Pulpit

The preacher has neither authority nor right to use the pulpit as a place to express his own opinions on anything: the pulpit is not a soapbox. Too many preachers have...

Our Calling as Preachers

Our Calling as Preachers

Our calling as preachers is really very simple. We study, we stand before our people, we read the text, and we explain it. We reprove, rebuke, exhort, encourage, and...

How Can Preachers Receive Compliments Humbly?

How Can Preachers Receive Compliments Humbly?

"How can young preachers receive compliments humbly?" This was a question posed to Al Mohler on his 02-08-14 Ask Anything:Weekend edition. His answer is quite thoughtful and...

So, Preacher, What’s Your Thing?

So, Preacher, What’s Your Thing?

I recently listened to an audio recording of Sinclair Ferguson addressing the topic of "Preaching Christ in All the Scriptures." In the following excerpt he explains why he...