Sermon Preparation

Changes to Make in Sermon Preparation

Until recently, for the last 14 years, I have been preparing to preach or teach at least three times a week to a wonderful little church. It has been my greatest joy in ministry but it has also presented some of my greatest struggles. Week after week I would f... Read More »

Learning to be a Learner

If reporters interviewed pastors after worship as they do NFL athletes after Sunday games, I imagine I would step up to the podium and say:  “We gave it our best effort out there today, but we came up short. Yes, I spoke about the second person plural of th... Read More »

Staying Sharp as a Preacher: The Power of Illustration

“Read widely, live observantly, and look up stuff.” —Dr. McCarty’s watchword   One of the keys to staying sharp as a preacher is to continually hone your powers to illustrate and to apply biblical texts. This need is often expressed to me by preac... Read More »

Prioritizing Time in the Study

We can all admit that life can be pretty busy and chaotic at times. There are deadlines at work, chores around the house, errands to run, time to spend with family, and so much more. The life of the pastor can also be busy. Between making visits, appointments ... Read More »

The Pastor’s Need to Study

I say “amen” Sunday night after the concluding prayer, thankful to God for another opportunity to minister but tired from a busy day. There’s great relief, however it doesn’t last long because quickly I’m reminded of the next Bibl... Read More »

When You Just Don’t Know

During a recent sermon series through Hebrews, our executive pastor called an audible and I was granted the grace and privilege to land both the first Melchizedek passage (5:1–10) and the thorny “if they fall away” section (5:11–6:12). We had to make t... Read More »

Worship in Preparation

Humbert Romans (1194–1277) a Dominican friar, looked to the act of preaching as an act of worship from the preacher to God. He believed that the preacher needed to be saturated in prayer and study to prepare himself to preach the Word of God.[1]Hughes Olipha... Read More »

Crafting a Sermon from the Old Testament

My wife has the green thumb in our home. Over the years, it has been fun to work alongside her in planting gardens and flower beds and seeing something beautiful develop. Gardening is tough work, but if you invest the time and “sweat equity,” there is frui... Read More »

Uncovering the Doctrine in Your Text

You’ll probably feel a slight loss of control and a vibration. There might be a distinct sound. Your new car is telling you something about your driving. In fact, when you feel the steering wheel course correcting your automobile because you’re weaving out... Read More »

Matching Delivery to the Text

Last year, I had the opportunity to think through the biblical objectives for preaching in preparation for writing a prior blog for Preaching Source. This was a great exercise in critically thinking through what I must do when I stand to preach. There are some... Read More »