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The State of Preaching in the Southern Baptist Convention

I think I can say that I travel back and forth across our Convention as much, or more, than just about anyone else within the Southern Baptist Convention. This allows me great opportunity to visit every size church, as well as associations and state convention... Read More »

Preaching Insights from Locker Room Speeches

Every good sports movie mandates an inspirational locker room speech. A team of underdogs faces their biggest obstacle yet. Victory appears to be slipping from their grasp, but then the coach waltzes in and delivers an animated monologue that draws every playe... Read More »

Preaching with Integrity

I recently came across a post from a well-known conference preacher detailing how, during his research for sermon fodder, he noticed that there was a recurring outline that several of the sermons he was reading had in common. He then went on to decry the use o... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Jude

Preaching the book of Jude is like teaching a child to eat at a table with proper utensils. Just as a child is incapable of getting the proper nutrients that he needs from a dinner plate without using the proper utensils, so a believer is unable to mine the tr... Read More »

Preaching and Application – Part 2

Every preacher has strengths and fears, inclinations and antipathies. One knows he is effective when he sticks close to his manuscript, another has excels at extemporaneous speech because he easily memorizes his main points and quotations. One focuses on the c... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Revelation

There is no book in the bible more intimidating for the average preacher than the book of Revelation. It is a little bit shy of 10,000 words and yet these words have the ability to confuse the faithful preacher, not to mention simply scare them away from worki... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from 1 John

I John is usually the first book a budding Greek scholar attempts to translate. Why? Well, the language is much simpler than other New Testament books. John also repeats himself frequently, which leads the translator to a better memorization of Greek vocabular... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Hebrews

Leaving our theological baggage at the door is crucial to the faithful exposition of Hebrews. This book seems fraught with hurdles that incite passionate arguments and questions from faithful preachers on all sides of the fence. What is the spiritual estate of... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Titus

“Liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” No, I’m not referencing your church members. At least I hope not. This is the description Paul pins on false teachers who are bringing disorder into the church in Crete, the place in which Titus is ministering. These ... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from 1 Timothy

Leadership. For as long as I can remember, the word ‘leadership’ has been a buzzword. Answers to the questions how, what, when, why and where of leadership are valuable and necessary for those called to lead. The importance of successful (i.e., biblical) l... Read More »