Archives For Resources for Preaching
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I don’t get excited about reading too many dissertations, but here’s one I hope to tackle soon. In 2011 Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on The Christ-Centered Homiletics of Edmund Clowney and Sidney Greidanus in Contrast with the Human Author-Centered Hermeneutics of Walter Kaiser.
Any preacher committed to authorial intention and preaching Christ has no doubt wrestled with this question. I certainly have. That’s why I’m curious to read the discussion and find out how and why Allen reaches his conclusion:
Only one way to God exists, through Christ, but one can find many legitimate ways to preach Jesus from the Old Testament. In fact, many ways occur that one can consistently and faithfully preach Christ from the Old Testament without the interpreter ever having to contort a passage or abrogate the author’s intended meaning.
If you get around to reading it before I do, let me know what you think. Here’s one review that has generated quite a bit of discussion recently.
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 Sermon Is Only a Single – Philip Nation
In our work of proclamation, we should expect the supernatural to occur in people’s lives. I want to see people radically transformed by the power of the gospel as often as possible. So, let’s go about our work with earnestness seeking the power of the gospel for the good of all people. Swing for the fences and allow God to do His work. Remember, sometimes you sow seeds, sometimes you water what you cannot see is already planted, and sometimes you get to do the harvesting. Whatever our role each week, savor the work of Christ done in you.
A Defense of Christ-Centered Exposition – Jonathan Akin
I am committed to the Christ-centered exposition of the entire Bible because textually the Bible argues for this kind of interpretation, and practically I don’t want to preach in a way that could produce moralism.
No matter how great that message may be, if no one’s paying attention, you’ve failed.
Aim for the Ear – Hershael York
Don’t preach as would a writer; preach as a preacher! Preachers who fail to appreciate the vast difference between their oral craft and writing usually display very different understandings of their task—centered in the pulpit and congregation for one and in the desk and study for the other.
Practical Teaching or Expository Preaching – Ryan Roach
The Bible is God’s word to us. This is reason enough for us to drop the cool four week series on the trendy topic of the day. Preach the word [to your youth group], not gimmicks or pop culture.
Bibles Open – Peter Mead
Preach in such a way that listeners are motivated and stirred to keep their Bibles open all week. They want to read on, read around, read more. They discovered that the Bible was accessible, enjoyable and relevant to their lives. They can’t imagine not wanting to pursue the God you introduced on Sunday.
Preaching Seen – Peter Mead
Adequate preaching presents truths like a teleprompter. Great preaching makes the truth felt as it becomes clear, lucid and vivid on the screen in the listeners’ hearts.
Christ-Centered Reading, Teaching, and Preaching – Matt Capps
The key question in biblical hermeneutics is: How does this text testify to Christ?
If the reader, preacher, or teacher hasn’t addressed and answered this question in their pursuits, they are not approaching the Bible in an explicitly Christian way.
What Is a Good Teacher? – Trials, Testing, and Transformation
Some of the essential characteristics of a good teacher.
You must be a good explainer.
You have to believe in the value of thinking.
You need an inner desire to solve intellectual problems.
You need to be an insightful “people-knower.”
You need discipline.
How to Find the Best Sermon Illustrations – ProPreacher
The best sermon illustrations are found on common ground between the speaker and the audience. When you speak about something you have experienced and your audience has also experienced the same thing, you connect with them on the deepest level.
It is both useful and Biblical to expound what the Bible teaches on various doctrinal and ethical, practical and theological matters. We must be careful at all points to be expounding Scripture, to do all we can to ensure that our folks go away able to say “The Bible teaches,” and not merely “Pastor X said.” But we can do it, and we should do it.
Brothers, We Are Not Pioneers – Josh Blount
Let us listen to the sermons of the men God is raising up in our generation. But let us also listen to gospel heralds from other times and places. Take advantage of the tremendous resource of the Martyn Lloyd-Jones sermon library. Read sermons from other centuries and remember that these words were once preached by real men to real congregations of struggling saints and sinners. Sit down for coffee with a preacher who has labored in the pulpit for decades and learn from him. It’s one thing to preach a good sermon at a conference; it’s another to preach many sermons, good and bad, over many years to the same congregation. Let us learn from those men what it takes to remain in the pulpit for a lifetime and value that feat more than the number of downloads a single sermon receives.
What to Do While Waiting for Your Shot to Preach – ProPreacher
What do you do when you have a desire to preach, but cannot seem to find an opportunity? What do you do while you are stuck waiting in the wings for your shot?
No good news can be offered until the bad news has been believed. The bad news arrives in the form of God’s law and its penalty—“the wages of sin is death.” As long as we hope to see people believe the gospel, we must reprove their want of conformity to, and transgression of, God’s law. We are given no permission to omit the horizontal precepts—God’s moral law is a unity. In other words, if we are committed to proclaiming the gospel, then we must proclaim right morals, and our proclamation of morality must be just as public and unashamed as the proclamation of the gospel itself.
14 statements about current trends and guesses as to the future of preaching.
These links and summaries are offered for your consideration and evaluation because they relate to preaching. Their inclusion does not necessarily imply my whole-hearted commendation. I can’t even recommend everything I write. As always, read with discernment.
If you’re like me and have read Bryan Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon and benefited from his discussion of redemptive-historical preaching, I’m sure you will want to get a copy of Christ-Centered Sermons: Models of Redemptive Preaching. The book will be available this September. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.
Here’s the publisher’s description:
Highly regarded preacher and teacher Bryan Chapell shows readers how he has prepared expository sermons according to the principles he developed in his bestselling Christ-Centered Preaching. This companion volume provides concrete examples of how Chapell’s approach is fleshed out in various types of sermons and various genres of the Bible. The example sermons not only demonstrate different approaches but also are analyzed for pedagogical purposes, helping readers move from theory to practice. In essence, the book allows students and preachers to look over Chapell’s shoulder as he prepares these messages to learn how to construct their own expository sermons that communicate grace and truth from both the Old and New Testaments.
I know from in-class experience how helpful “concrete examples” can be in solidifying general concepts for students. This book should prove to be very useful as a companion textbook for those who teach homiletics. I’ll let you know what I think when I get my copy this Fall.
Sidney Greidanus is well known for his work on preaching Christ from the Old Testament. He is the author of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method, Preaching Christ from Genesis, Preaching Christ from Ecclesiastes, and Preaching Christ from Daniel.
In this video Rachel Bomberger, Internet Marketing Manager at Eerdmans, asks Greidanus the following questions:
- Why are preachers reluctant to preach from the Old Testament [4:02]
- Why should preachers not shy away from preaching Old Testament texts? [5:12]
- How does the book of Daniel show up in the Gospels? [6:00]
- How can we tackle harder Old Testament texts Christologically? [6:50]
- What are some specific examples in the book of Daniel of how a preacher might preach Christologically? [8:20]
- What are some common mistakes preachers make in preaching from Daniel and other Old Testament books? [11:48]
- What final words of wisdom do you have for preachers and those in training? [14:12]
His closing advice to preachers?
- Preach the main themes of Scripture.
- Preach the gospel from the difficult and controversial books of the Old Testament.