Sermon Preparation

Reasons for Planning Your Preaching

In one of several interviews with Alistair Begg, I asked if he followed a strict order of explanation, illustration, and application when preparing a sermon. Begg replied, “I’m a bit of a menace to expository preachers.” Begg is hardly a menace, yet what... Read More »

20 Ways to Keep Christmas Sermons Fresh and Innovative

The Christmas story is anything but common.  What God did in the Incarnation was remarkable!  In fact, Christmas has been called both a miracle and mystery.  The miracle is what God accomplished by sending Jesus to earth.  The mystery is why He sent Jesus.... Read More »

The Mystery of Preaching: The Spirit, The Word, and Human Agency

In his classic work, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, John A. Broadus stresses the need for effective preaching, arguing that the “the record of Christian history has been that the strength of the church is directly related to the strength of the ... Read More »

Expository Preaching and the Big Idea

Our family loves baseball. As a father of four, one of my favorite experiences as a dad so far has been teaching my eight-year-old son how to pitch. One of the most important things he’s learned is the importance of hitting his target. Regardless of the dist... Read More »

What Preachers Can Learn from the Personal Library and Study of Adrian Rogers

A recent trip to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary afforded me the opportunity to examine the personal study of Adrian Rogers, one of the great preachers of our time. Rogers is widely known for his legacy of faithful service to Christ and his leadershi... Read More »

What Can Preachers Learn from Haddon Robinson?

Every semester without fail, it happens. I name and predict the mistake for the students before they ever make it. Yet, just as I forecasted, many of my preaching students fail to heed my warning. They fail to articulate and repeat a clear, memorable, and repe... Read More »

The Need for Repetition in Sermons

Right in the middle of the campus of The Baptist College of Florida, there is a six-acre lake. Lake Albert is a great place for students and guests to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fishing or picnicking. The lake is named for the conservationist who got the la... Read More »

Should Every Sermon Have One Main Idea?

How many of us have eagerly awaited the preaching of a favorite text only to hear an emphasis different than the main point?  Everything the preacher said may have been true, and helpful in a sense, but it feels a bit like getting the wrong entree at a nice r... Read More »

Turning a Truth Statement into a Sermonic Sentence

Perhaps you’ve noticed the trend: church members tweeting out a profound, biblically faithful, theologically deep, and well-crafted sentence that was originally spoken by his or her pastor in his sermon that Sunday morning. No doubt that the profundity, bibl... Read More »

How Do Preachers Arrive at the Homiletical Idea of a Text?

It was not simply the popcorn and peanuts in a box of Cracker Jacks that excited us as kids; it was the prize at the bottom. The prize at the bottom was not conspicuous. It was hidden underneath the sweet content in the box. We had to dig for it. We had to sea... Read More »