Text-Driven Blog

The Hurt Challenge: Why Brokenness and Suffering in the Pew Makes Preaching Difficult

Someone has said, “Preach to hurting people and you will never want for an audience.” Suffering is universal. Adam brought sin to the human race. Suffering is the byproduct of sin. Even when suffering is not associated with sin, it is because of sin that s... Read More »

The Heart Challenge: The Heart of the Problem is the Problem of the Heart

Great preaching aims at more than the head. Being truthful and touching the intellect both matter deeply. We are, after all, called to preach God’s word, and that deals with facts, knowledge, and reason. But great preaching recognizes that just as the head n... Read More »

The Truth Challenge: Preaching Absolute Truth in An Age of Relativism

I remember being in Phoenix, Arizona, years ago with my family. It was a place that I used to live, so I was rather excited to show my wife and kids all around the area of the city that I grew up in. And when it came to dinnertime, I couldn’t wait to take th... Read More »

A Word to Young Preachers about Pride

NOTE: This post is slightly revised from David L. Allen, 1-3 John: Fellowship in God’s Family, in Preaching the Word, R. Kent Hughes, ed. (Wheaton: IL, 2013), 275-77. If you are in a leadership position in someone’s church, and especially if you are a past... Read More »

Advice for Preachers

In his book, Design for Preaching (1958), Henry Grady Davis offers some sage advice for preachers. Here are some of his insights: The preacher has only so much time for preparation, and it is never enough time. If he devotes too much time to form and too littl... Read More »

Needed: A Return to Old-Time Preaching (Part 3)

NOTE: This is part of an article by Vance Havner which appeared in the journal Logos on March 1, 1978. See also parts one and two. The preacher of today must be apocalyptic: He ought to sound like the book of Revelation, for we are living in a grand and awful ... Read More »

Needed: A Return to Old-Time Preaching (Part 2)

NOTE: This is part of an article by Vance Havner which appeared in the journal Logos on March 1, 1978. Click here for part one. Part three is to follow. The preacher we need is authoritative: My Lord taught as one “having authority and not as the scribes,”... Read More »

Needed: A Return to Old-Time Preaching (Part 1)

NOTE: This is part of an article by Vance Havner which appeared in the journal Logos on March 1, 1978. Parts two and three are to follow. In these wild and weird and wicked times, the work of the preacher is being rethought and revamped and reexamined. He’s ... Read More »

Four Types of Meanings in Texts

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 »

A Letter to Young Preachers

NOTE: J. M. Pendleton was a leading 19th century Baptist preacher, pastor, educator, and theologian. See Thomas White. Selected Writings of James Madison Pendleton, 3 vols. (Paris, AR: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 2006). Here is one of his letters, rich with i... Read More »

Why Inerrancy Matters in Preaching

Eighteen years ago, I wrote about the negative impact a low view of biblical authority, rejection of propositional communication, and the focus on creating an experience, had on preaching. (David L. Allen, “A Tale of Two Roads: Homiletics and Biblical Autho... Read More »

How Can Preachers Be More Creative in an Expository Sermon: The Quest for Imagination

You have doubtlessly heard the oft-repeated quote, “It’s a sin to be boring.” For the preacher, that simple statement should be more than a quote—it should be a mantra. No one who listens to a pastor preach on a regular basis has ever been quoted as sa... Read More »

Subscribe to Blog

All Authors