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Philosophy of Preaching

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Practice of Preaching

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....

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...

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...

Frag-men-tar-y Ex-po-si-tion

Frag-men-tar-y Ex-po-si-tion

In a sincere effort to emphasize the text of Scripture and to keep their messages biblical, some preachers engage in what we could call "fragmentary exposition." Here is the...

Show Your Support! Your Main Points Need It.

Show Your Support! Your Main Points Need It.

How often do we simply assert our main point in a sermon, read a couple of supporting verses with little to no comment, and then move on to illustrate or apply the concept?...

Resources for Preaching

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...

Top 5 Posts of 2013

Top 5 Posts of 2013

I began this blog back in April. At the time I had no idea where it would go, or, frankly, if it would go anywhere. But I'm thankful for a good friend who encouraged me to...

Am I Called to Preach?

Am I Called to Preach?

"Am I called to preach?" On occasion a young man will come into my office asking that very question or one similar to it, like, "How would I know if God is calling me to...

Reviewing the Main Points 07.12.13

Reviewing the Main Points 07.12.13

Here are a few preaching-related articles and resources that surfaced this past week. The Biggest Mistakes Young Preachers Make - Matt Smethurst Tullian Tchividjian, Voddie...

Reviewing the Main Points 06.28.13

Reviewing the Main Points 06.28.13

Here are some preaching-related resources from this past week all nicely packaged up on one page. Let the Tone of Your Sermon Match the Tone of Your Text - Trevin Wax Giving...

Reviewing the Main Points 06.21.13

Reviewing the Main Points 06.21.13

Here are some preaching-related resources that surfaced this past week. The Biblical Preaching of John Calvin - Steven Lawson We must have Calvins again. And by God’s grace,...

Reviewing the Main Points 06.14.13

Reviewing the Main Points 06.14.13

Enjoy these preaching-related links and summaries from the past week. Especially note Peter Mead's helpful 3-part series on explanation in preaching. 9 Teaching Methods of...

Reviewing the Main Points 06.07.13

Reviewing the Main Points 06.07.13

The web was alive with preaching resources this past week, especially with discussions related to Christ-centered preaching. Enjoy! Christ-Centered Preaching (Part 1): The...

Reviewing the Main Points 05.31.13

Reviewing the Main Points 05.31.13

Looking for something to read this weekend related to preaching? Here are some links and "main points" collected from recent blog posts and other online resources. When Your...