Text-Driven Blog

The Preacher as Biblical Counselor

As a pastor, the last thing you need is another hat to wear. To add the title of counselor to that list of duties is not a specialization that you have time to pursue. But, your people experience the brokenness of our cursed human condition and idleness is not... Read More »

The Preacher as Theologian: Why Theology is Needed for Text-Driven Preaching

“Sure, I learned lots of theology in seminary… Lots of answers to questions that nobody is asking!” My friend’s words made my stomach lurch. Not because I’m a systematic theology professor, but because like him, I’m also a preac... Read More »

The Preacher as Pastor | Why Text-Driven Preaching is Needed for Healthy Pastoral Ministry

It is a joy to serve at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where we espouse what is called “Text-Driven Preaching.” Simply put, we want the chosen text (Yes there should be an actual biblical text) to drive the sermon. The text-driven preacher is co... Read More »

The Preacher as Leader: Avoiding Listener Fatigue

Most Sundays, preachers stand before their congregation and teach their people to tune them out.  You can deliver a finely crafted, text-driven, and powerful message, and receive little congregational response. Why?  Because you make this common mistake befo... Read More »

The Preacher as Writer

Should a preacher be a writer? I hesitate to say “yes,” simply because I do not want to add another burden to a pastor who is already overwhelmed with the demands of ministry. To say that all preachers or pastors should be skilled in the craft of writing r... Read More »

The Preacher and the Importance of Godly Character

1 Peter 1:1-2; 13-16 Peter begins his epistle by calling believers “Temporary residents”. That term literally means “beside the people.” It reveals the necessary separation and the dynamic saturation of believers in the world. We are always resident al... Read More »

Four Types of Meaning in the Text

The text-driven preacher must recognize that there are four basic types of meaning conveyed in every text and context: referential, situational, structural and semantic. Referential meaning is that which is being talked about; the subject matter of a text. Sit... Read More »

Text-Driven Preaching and Pragmatic Textual Analysis

Pragmatic analysis of texts asks the questions “What is the author’s purpose of a text?” and “What does an author desire to accomplish with his text.” The text-driven preacher is always attempting to accomplish something with every sermon. All verbal... Read More »

Text-Driven Preaching and Linguistics: What the Preacher Must Know to be a Good Exegete

The painstaking work of exegesis is the foundation for text-driven preaching.[1]”No man will succeed in expository preaching unless he delights in exegetical study of the Bible, unless he loves to search out the exact meaning of its sentences, phrases, w... Read More »

5 Reasons You Should Consult Commentaries

I have always loved books. When I was called to preach at age 16, a retired minister gave me 400 volumes from his library. Since then, I have been something of a collector of theological books, including hundreds of commentaries. These have served as treasured... Read More »

7 Foundations of Effective Sermons

Here is an outline of essential elements for good preaching from my perspective. Much more could be said about each of these elements. This is only a summary. INTERPRETATION– What is the meaning of the text? Determining textual meaning is the essential fir... Read More »

The Primacy of the Text in Preaching

Several years ago, David Larsen, homiletician and author of an excellent history of preaching entitled The Company of the Preachers, spoke on “The Primacy of the Text.” It was a fabulous presentation. Here are some nuggets. On Puritan Preaching: It is not... Read More »

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