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Preaching Pointers from Micah

Preaching from the Minor Prophets is a daunting task. With a limited text before them, the preacher needs to be able to identify the historical setting of the author and book, as well as its place in redemptive history. Added to these tasks is the difficulty o... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Jonah

Exegetical Notes on Jonah Outline of the book of Jonah – one popular outline of Jonah, which could be used in a sermon series, is: Running from God (chapter 1) Running to God (chapter 2) Running with God (chapter 3) Running ahead of God (chapter 4) About Jon... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Obadiah

“Turn to the table of contents,” are likely to be the first words you utter in a sermon dealing with Obadiah. This minor prophet, the shortest in the entire Old Testament, is often relegated to obscurity in the hearts and minds of many preachers. Yet, the ... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Joel

Growing up in eastern Kentucky, tornadoes are all but unheard of. Older generations would profess, “Tornadoes can’t get down in on our mountains… but if they ever did, watch out!” I remember the carnage wrought by the first tornado I ever witnessed “... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Hosea

Hosea is a powerful story of love. It’s not a romantic story—there’s no romance in it (which is important to the story). Hosea tells of God’s kesed love for his unlovable people, paralleled by Hosea’s kesed love for his unlovable wife. Both “wives... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Song of Solomon

Author: Solomon Audience: The Jewish Nation Date of Writing: ca. 935 B.C. The Song of Solomon is an unusual but beautiful Old Testament work filled with typology. No book in the Bible presents symbolism more liberally or effectively than The Song of Solomon. T... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Ecclesiastes

Don’t miss the Application The book of Ecclesiastes contains application upon application for today’s society. With topics ranging from individualism, idolatry, consumerism, suffering, temptation, injustice, competition, poverty, oppression, and more, ... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Proverbs

For a preacher, preaching from the Old Testament wisdom of Proverbs is like a little boy walking into LEGOLAND, the entertainment attraction dedicated to the full enjoyment of the classic Lego building bricks. One hardly knows where to begin. Because of its ar... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Psalms

I remember the first time I discovered journaling. I was a young seminary student frustrated with the fact that I couldn’t pay attention long enough to pray for very long at all. My thoughts either bounced all around my head so that my prayers became ran... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Job

Human beings suffer. There is no way to get around this truth, as the evidence of suffering is all around us. Human beings experience catastrophic loss, devastating and debilitating diseases, oppression, hurt, and pain, among other kinds of suffering. As pasto... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Esther

Esther is a beautiful book, but is often misunderstood. While the basic narrative is well known and the subject of a few different film adaptations, sometimes our familiarity with the story on the surface leads us to miss what’s happening in the details. Bel... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Nehemiah

And all of the people gathered as one to the square which is before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded to Israel. Nehemiah 8:1 The book of Nehemiah describes a transition period for t... Read More »

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