Text-Driven Blog

10 Temptations of Every Teacher of the Word 

Top ten lists. Every sport, every profession, every person has a “top ten.” Preachers are no different. From your ten favorite sermons, to your ten favorite resources, to your ten favorite preachers, you can find a “top ten” for just about anything. So... Read More »

Preparing Yourself to Preach 

I was asked to write on the proposed topic: Preparing Yourself to Preach. I will write from my own subjective experience in the preaching ministry. I will begin with my theology of preaching, then discuss my philosophy of preaching, and finally, write about... Read More »

A Word to the Congregation

I will admit it. I am a stubborn student of preaching. I have never been to Missouri, but in many ways, my preaching ministry must have distant relatives in the “Show Me State.” In each of my preaching classes, I was taught the importance of preaching wi... Read More »

Unite In Preaching the Resurrection This Easter

This year we find ourselves in a sea of uncertainty as we approach Easter. We find ourselves separated and isolated from friends and family. Many have lost their jobs and are struggling to see how they will financially make it through these times. Some of our ... Read More »

Things to Keep in Mind While Preaching 

Each time a preacher steps behind the pulpit, a myriad of thoughts can flood his mind. Spurgeon wrote concerning the multitude of thoughts that can invade the mind of the preacher. “We cannot tell how many thoughts can traverse the mind at once. I ... Read More »

The High Place of Preaching

I will forever be indebted to Rick Ferguson, my predecessor at Riverside Church in Denver, Colorado, for paving the way for me to have one of the most fulfilling pulpit ministries I ever experienced as a pastor. Rick’s tenure at Riverside came to an abru... Read More »

Advice to Older Preachers

1. Don’t neglect your daily devotional time with the Lord. The preaching ministry is the easiest place in the world to grow cold spiritually! The reason is that we are always studying to see what God says to someone else! We must be in a vital and growing wi... Read More »

Advice to Younger Pastors

1. Understand your call. God does not call you to a certain task, but he calls you to Himself. It is out of your relationship to Him that He assigns you specific tasks. This underscores the importance of your daily time with the Lord. You have been filled with... Read More »

Where Is the Holy Spirit When We Preach?

The text-driven preaching movement occurring among Southern Baptist churches emphasizes the necessity for preachers to speak the Word of God. This is done by first representing not only the biblical text but also the genre and spirit of the text. However, a pr... Read More »

Ephesians: A Circular Letter from Prison 

Ephesians is a wonderful letter of slight paradoxes. It is a letter, but it reads more like a sermon (such as: long sentences). Paul wrote it to a church—but not exclusively (see below). It is a unique letter—but it has a slight twin (Colossians). Paul... Read More »

The Christ-Connection in Ephesians

Warren Spahn was a Major League baseball pitcher known for his craftsmanship on the pitching mound. In a 21 year career that concluded in 1964, the left-hander won 363 games and won at least 20 games a season 13 times. His pitching coach in Milwaukee, Whitlow ... Read More »

Eureka: Mining Ephesians for Illustrations

My father-in-law loves to watch Gold Rush, the reality series that documents the gold mining efforts of various family-run mining companies. Although I am not a big fan, I have found myself perched on my in-laws’ couch watching people use modern equipment an... Read More »

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