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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 »

Preaching Pointers from 1 John

I John is usually the first book a budding Greek scholar attempts to translate. Why? Well, the language is much simpler than other New Testament books. John also repeats himself frequently, which leads the translator to a better memorization of Greek vocabular... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from 1 Peter

What can be said about 1 Peter that hasn’t been written about for decades? Truthfully, I’m honored to even give additional perspective, and pray you’re bolstered in your craft. To quickly catch us up, let’s look at the letter: it’... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from 2 Peter

Cunningly-devised fables.  Deceptive words.  Filthy conduct.  Chains of darkness.  Unstable souls.  Swelling words of emptiness.  Slaves of corruption.  Pollution of the world.  Dogs returning to their vomit.  Melting elements.  A burning earth. The ... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from James

The book of James is one of the most intriguing, compelling, and relevant books in the Bible. Preaching out of it will be a blessing to both the preacher and congregation, even though it has been a source of controversy for centuries.  Its canonicity was, for... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Hebrews

Leaving our theological baggage at the door is crucial to the faithful exposition of Hebrews. This book seems fraught with hurdles that incite passionate arguments and questions from faithful preachers on all sides of the fence. What is the spiritual estate of... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Philemon

The Letter to Philemon is the shortest of Paul’s writings. Even though it is so brief, J. B. Lightfoot, the noted British NT scholar, describes Philemon as “infinitely precious.”[1]J. B. Lightfoot, Colossians and Philemon, The Crossway Classic Commentari... Read More »

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