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Preaching Pointers from Philippians

Capturing the Spirit of Philippians is central to its good preaching. What could I say about Philippians that has not already been said? There are certainly others who have delved into book with greater detail and articulated its virtues with greater eloquence... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Ephesians

If one was to pull John Calvin’s commentary on Ephesians off the shelf, one would find forty-eight expositional sermons in a seven hundred page commentary! Well, we are not John Calvin, right? Most of us lack the depth of such scholarly insight. Furtherm... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from 2 Corinthians

Conflict is inevitable. This is true for every man and woman who strives to follow Jesus in a broken world. The fight for righteousness and purity either in the church or the home draws the attention of opposition quickly. The enemies of the Lord quite often f... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Romans

So, you have prayed and sought the Lord’s will for your next preaching endeavor and you are at peace that it is a series from the book of Romans or possibly to preach systematically through the book of Romans. You may be wondering if there are key points to ... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Acts

The book of Acts is the Spirit-inspired narrative of the church in formation. If your church is in need of being motivated to carry the gospel to the world, then Acts may very well be the book through which to lead your church in order to experience a divine c... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Mark

The Gospel of Mark is prolific in its brevity, purposeful in its structure and profound in its simplicity. His approach is non-traditional, his narratives are unanticipated and his arrangement is unique. As the shortest of the four Gospels, Mark delivers a jam... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Malachi

I have to be honest and say that within my lifetime, I haven’t heard too many sermons from the book of Malachi. Typically, the primary verse found in every stewardship sermon, or the moment in worship where scripture is read before tithes and offering, or th... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Zechariah

Keep it epic. That’s my humble advice when reading or preaching prophetic literature. Keep it epic because it is. These prophetic books are largely narrative. They should be interpreted and preached mostly as narrative. Yes, keeping in mind the nature of and... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Haggai

Unfortunately a great deal of preaching from the Old Testament is relegated solely to well known texts and longer books. The Minor Prophets in general receive little notice outside of the ever quotable lines in Amos, fundraising, and divorce prevention in Mala... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Zephaniah

Introduction If history teaches us anything, it is that people often do not take the warnings they are given seriously. We see this as parents warning our children, we see it when the meteorologists warn about approaching storms, and we see it when people are ... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Habakkuk

People who have not yet celebrated their 18th birthday are often referred to as minor because they are underage. We might refer to the minor prophets as minor because they are under-preached. For several years my only exposure to the book of Habakkuk came from... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Nahum

How does one preach Nahum? The background context is distant, specific to the Assyrians, and difficult to contextualize. The what of the passage is not difficult to identify: Nahum prophesies the destruction of Ninevah and the Assyrian empire as God’s retrib... Read More »

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