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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 »

Needed: A Return to Old-Time Preaching (Part 1)

NOTE: This is part of an article by Vance Havner which appeared in the journal Logos on March 1, 1978. Parts two and three are to follow. In these wild and weird and wicked times, the work of the preacher is being rethought and revamped and reexamined. He’s ... Read More »

Why Inerrancy Matters in Preaching

Eighteen years ago, I wrote about the negative impact a low view of biblical authority, rejection of propositional communication, and the focus on creating an experience, had on preaching. (David L. Allen, “A Tale of Two Roads: Homiletics and Biblical Autho... Read More »

Exclusivity in Gospel Preaching: Why Jesus is the Only Way, Truth, and Life

When He gave His Great Commission in Matthew, Jesus used Himself as the bookends for His assignment to His church: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all... Read More »

Evidence of Gospel Preaching: The Results of a Gospel-Focused Ministry

In his 1957 crusade in Madison Square Garden in New York City, Billy Graham urged those in attendance to devote themselves to reading Scripture. The reason, according to Graham, was simple: “The purpose of the Bible is to testify of Jesus Christ. The Bible, ... Read More »

Avoiding Confusion in Gospel Preaching: The Need to Clearly Explain the Saving Message of Christ

“It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.”[1]Frank Luntz, Words That Work (New York: Hyperion, 2007). This, the subtitle of the book Words That Work by renowned political consultant Frank Luntz, reminds us as we proclaim the gospel we must do so w... Read More »

Gospel Preaching: Is Jesus the Central Theme of Every Sermon?

Gospel Preaching is the Proclamation of the Good News. The Good News, as understood in the Word of God, is that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of man and rose from the dead on the third day! The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is the Gospe... Read More »

The One Secret That Will Improve Your Preaching: Part 2

Many believe that preaching and public speaking are virtually the same enterprise. But anyone who makes such an assertion only demonstrates that he has understood very little about preaching. One of the words for preaching in the Greek text is kerussō. That c... Read More »

The One Secret That Will Improve Your Preaching: Part 1

Creating a Purpose Statement for Your Message A seminarian was invited to preach at a small church one Sunday. All week long, he labored over his sermon, studying the text, constructing an outline, and developing his material. Finally, Sunday morning rolled ar... 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 »