Sermon Preparation

Crafting the Sermon’s Main Idea

Introduction Solid sermons have a biblical foundation. Too many sermons are based on one preacher’s opinion about what the text says. The key for every preacher is to stick to the text, to discover what the biblical author is saying so that the preacher can ... Read More »

An Overview of Text-Driven Preaching

What are the key ingredients of effective preaching? I have reflected on this question for many years and have come up with seven. Here is an outline of essential elements for good text-driven preaching from my perspective. INTERPRETATION. What is the meaning ... Read More »

Prayer

One of the most powerful experiences of my life occurred when someone challenged me to prioritize prayer in my life. When I embraced prayer in my college years, not only did it change my life, it also became formative for everything in my life. To this very d... Read More »

Planning Your Preaching

When I was a seminary professor, I wrote Planning Your Preaching (Kregel Publications, 2002) as a guide for pastors planning a year’s sermon work. Honestly, at the time I wondered whether the ideas that seemed workable as I wrote in my professor’s ... Read More »

Practical Preaching: Communicating Effectively to Your Church

“…and the common man heard him gladly” (Mark 12:37 KJV).  Oh, how the people loved to hear Jesus preach.  And there was good reason for that.  They could understand Him.  Without a class on topical preaching, textual preaching, or expository prea... Read More »

The Process of Preparation in Text-Driven Preaching

There is no such thing as a preacher who has learned fully how to preach. I have taught preaching on and off for 20 years, and I learn something new about preaching all the time. The first step in learning how to preach is recognizing that you have not arrived... Read More »