Text-Driven Blog

Take Your Shot: Preaching in a Liturgical Context

Some of the best marksmen in the world are known for hitting targets at distances over a mile away. Imagine attempting to hit a target you can barely see with your eye! Shooting with that type of precision is no simple task. A precision shooter will account fo... Read More »

The Pastor as Theologian-in-Residence

Therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. (Gen 3:23) It’s astounding the impact these words have on the relationship of humanity to their Creator and the world He created. However, it is the pasto... Read More »

The Text: Removing Assumptions

Recently my family and I visited a local amusement center. Our youngest daughter invited a friend to join us. If observers of our family that day were to make assumptions, they might conclude that of the two little girls, the Caucasian one with the dark hair w... Read More »

The Pastoral Context of Preaching

The expectations placed upon the pastor in the modern day can be overwhelming to anyone who occupies the office. Each day confronts every pastor with overwhelming obligations. These obligations are sometimes expected and often unexpected. In order to meet the ... Read More »

5 Confessions of a Preacher

I’ll never forget the call I received one Wednesday afternoon. I was putting the finishing touches on the sermon I would preach to college students later that night. It was a call from North Phoenix Baptist Church asking me to pray about entering the process... Read More »

Force and Conviction in Preaching

I studied Speech Communication in college. Essentially this means I took quite a few courses that required public speaking, generally in the form of a presentation of some kind. Near the end of my undergraduate study, I was able to teach an introduction to pub... Read More »

Preaching that Builds Congregational Unity

The human race is diverse. Billions of individuals in hundreds of countries represent diversity in nationality, race, occupation, religious belief, political conviction, culture, hobbies, and dozens of other aspects. Unfortunately today, diversity almost alway... Read More »

When God Seems Silent: The Congregation’s Perspective

Steve’s alarm goes off Sunday morning. He irons his clothes, eats a quick breakfast, gets the kids ready with his wife, packs up the minivan, and drives to church. When Steve gets to church, he checks his kids in, goes to his Sunday School class, and then wa... Read More »

The Text: Touching the Preacher First

Martin Luther, as a middle-aged monk, was engaged in a political and theological debate over indulgences.[1]Martin Luther, and Tryntje Helfferich, The Essential Luther, Hackett Classics. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc, 2018. Accessed 1-6-2020. T... Read More »

As One with Authority and Humility

Authority of Preachers Fred Craddock’s book, As One Without Authority, opened the door towards the concept of a “new” homiletic. The book is one of the best-selling books on preaching in the last 40 years, and homileticians who advocate narrative theolog... Read More »

Jeff Ray and Three Text-Driven Elements

Jeff Ray (1860-1951) was the first professor of preaching at Southwestern Seminary. His convictions concerning expository preaching in the early 20th century played a critical role in laying a foundation for a text-driven movement among Southern Baptists. Ray... Read More »

3 Ways to Establish Text-Driven Leadership

Sound biblical preaching is the foundation of Jesus’ church. Jesus commissioned His disciples to preach, Paul exhorts Timothy to preach, and God blesses the local church with the gifts of pastor-teachers. Needless to say, a church will rise and fall give... Read More »

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