Sermon Preparation

EXEGESIS FOR THE BUSY PASTOR

The late Adrian Rogers used to joke that he would “rather be a Baptist preacher than have a paying job!” Clearly, as Dr. Rogers obviously knew, the calling to ministry is more than a job. But it is work. Regarding the work, every pastor quickly learns two ... Read More »

Application of Narrative

The greatest collection of literature in Scripture is in the genre of narrative. Eighty-eight of the ninety chapters of Genesis and Exodus are narrative, along with most of Numbers. From the ascension of Joshua to the exaltation of Mordecai, the history of Isr... Read More »

Sources of Application

Sermon application is most effective interwoven throughout a sermon. The efficient expositor stirs his listeners back to the subject at hand with pointed questions, eye to eye contact, and first-person singular pronouns. Why wait? Why wait until after an illus... Read More »

What to Avoid in Preaching

Preaching the Word of God is one of my favorite things to do. It is an honor and a blessing to be chosen and used by God to proclaim His message of salvation to others. While preaching is a great enjoyment, preaching is something that does not come naturally. ... 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 »

When God Seems Silent: The Preacher’s Perspective

“Can you hear me now?” is the question that the actor with the horn-rimmed glasses, Paul Marcarelli, made famous after asking the question over and over again on Verizon commercials from 2002 to 2011. Many times, it is easy to feel just like Marcarelli whe... Read More »

The Text: Removing Assumptions

Recently my family and I visited a local amusement center. Our youngest daughter invited a friend to join us. If observers of our family that day were to make assumptions, they might conclude that of the two little girls, the Caucasian one with the dark hair w... Read More »

Force and Conviction in Preaching

I studied Speech Communication in college. Essentially this means I took quite a few courses that required public speaking, generally in the form of a presentation of some kind. Near the end of my undergraduate study, I was able to teach an introduction to pub... Read More »

How to Fix a Dud

In the military realm, a dud describes a device that fails to detonate. Generally, a dud, like a bad blind date or a string of faulty Christmas lights, is something that fails to work properly. Having preached regularly for close to forty years, I can assure y... Read More »