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Preaching Pointers from 2 Kings

When I began preaching at eighteen years old one of the early lessons I learned regarding sermon preparation and the mechanics of preaching was understanding the presence of different genres of literature in Scripture and their impact on preaching. When immatu... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from 1-2 Samuel

Preaching from the Old Testament can be a great adventure for the preacher and a treasure trove of gold nuggets for the listener. It sometimes takes a bit more work and imagination to mine these nuggets, but it is well worth it. One would be hard pressed to fi... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Ruth

Great stories capture our hearts. Tucked within the pages of the Old Testament Historical Books lies a literary masterpiece called Ruth. This brief historical book tells the story of two poor widows who were saved from heartbreaking circumstances, only to be g... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Judges

The key to interpreting any historical book like Judges is to discover the major theme of the book. It most cases the narrator of any particular book will highlight the theme in the beginning paragraphs or the opening narrative within the book. However, in the... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Numbers

The book of Numbers is typically not at the top of everyone’s reading list. For that matter, it generally isn’t the preacher’s go to book either. While some preachers might preach certain passages out of Numbers, rarely will a preacher take on the daunti... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Leviticus

Few books of the Old Testament confound preachers and laypersons more than Leviticus. The hermeneutical and applicational matrix is difficult but not insurmountable, and the reward is worth the exertion. I hope to provide five pointers for Leviticus. My intent... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Exodus

Exodus is one of the richest and most rewarding books for preachers. The prophets and the psalms reflect its theological significance and spiritual importance through frequent references to its account. The familiarity of the narrative also makes it readily ac... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Genesis

Preachers should have little difficulty expounding on Genesis, a book of the Bible containing larger-than-life characters, world-wide catastrophes, genocide, warfare, and epic love stories. Genesis is a rich repository of powerful truth and practical teaching.... Read More »

Preaching to the Religious Who Need a Relationship with Christ

Mark 2 is a beautiful example of how to preach to religious people who need a relationship with Christ. In this text, there is a growing conflict that will lead to the crucifixion of Jesus. Opposition to Jesus emerges this early in the story of the Gospel. Mar... Read More »

Preaching to the Condemned Who Need Hope

“Pray for me, Pastor. I know I need God, but I just don’t see how God could ever love me anymore, not after what I’ve done.” I hear these words more than I’d like to admit, Sunday after Sunday, as people come for prayer after responding to the sermon... Read More »

Paradoxical Preaching in the Age of Cohabitation

Have you ever considered the way in which Jesus confronted the erroneous thoughts, attitudes, and actions of his day? The master communicator used variety. He loaded his communication arsenal with a plethora of rhetorical weapons to combat the evils of his age... Read More »

Preaching to the Burdened Who Need to Find Rest

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Mat 11:2... Read More »

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