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Sunday’s Coming

S.M. Lockridge was a prominent African American preacher who served as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego, California during the 1900’s. He was well-known for his passionate preaching style and spoke an often-repeated phrase from one of his Ea... 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 »

Tips for Effective Pulpit Supply

So you’ve been asked to “fill in” for the pastor on Sunday. Maybe it’s the church you attend or the one down the road but the invitation has come – what do you do? Early on in my Bible college days I had the opportunity to do pulpit s... 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 »

Sermon Application and the Impact of Disciplines

There is a distinct connection between sermon application and spiritual disciplines. After reflecting on my seminary training, I lament a thorough exposure to sermon application. Sermon application is the portion of the sermon whereby listeners are encouraged ... 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 and Application – Part 1

To talk about the connection between preaching and application is almost superfluous. Study for study’s sake alone flirts with absurdity. The progression from “study” to “sermon” is virtually axiomatic. In fact, any sermon is an attempt to bring Scri... Read More »

Important Steps in Sermon Preparation: A Pastor’s Perspective – Part 2

The alarm on your smartphone cries its obnoxious wakeup alarm way too early on Monday morning. You stumble to the kitchen to grab one of the last clean coffee mugs and begin to pour yourself a cup of coffee. You sit down in your favorite chair, which may be ju... Read More »

Important Steps in Sermon Preparation: A Pastor’s Perspective – Part 1

It Starts with a Conviction – If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire  shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9 (ESV) Somewhere duri... 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 Thessalonians

In one of the opening lines of 1 Thessalonians, Paul celebrates the fact that those in the church followed the example of godly men and of the Lord. The Thessalonians saw Christ-like qualities in others and made it their aim to shape their lives in like manner... Read More »

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