Theology of Preaching

The Medium of Preaching: Speaking a Never Changing Message in an Ever Changing World

The Genesis account of creation tells us both that God created and how he created—by His Word. Christians have steadfastly affirmed that God created ex nihilo (out of nothing), but many have forgotten that God works the same way in the miracle of salvation: ... Read More »

The Source of Preaching: The Power of Text-Driven Sermons

In recent years, the phrase, “text-driven preaching” has appeared on the landscape of homiletical studies. One might wonder why such a designation is necessary. After all, he might muse, isn’t the term ”expository” simply a synonym for “text-driven... Read More »

The Secret of Preaching: What Do I Preach?

Now that we know why we preach, we must determine what we preach. The only valid and sufficient basis for preaching is the Word of God. It is the Word of God that establishes and confirms the theology and ministry of the church. It alone adequately addresses t... Read More »

The Secret of Preaching: Why Do I Preach?

The most significant thing the pastor does is to preach the Word of God. While he must engage in many different tasks, his preaching remains the most important because it is the most visible and valuable. Many of the congregation will never see the pastor exce... Read More »

The Truth Challenge: Preaching Absolute Truth in An Age of Relativism

I remember being in Phoenix, Arizona, years ago with my family. It was a place that I used to live, so I was rather excited to show my wife and kids all around the area of the city that I grew up in. And when it came to dinnertime, I couldn’t wait to take th... Read More »

Why Inerrancy Matters in Preaching

Eighteen years ago, I wrote about the negative impact a low view of biblical authority, rejection of propositional communication, and the focus on creating an experience, had on preaching. (David L. Allen, “A Tale of Two Roads: Homiletics and Biblical Autho... Read More »

Exclusivity in Gospel Preaching: Why Jesus is the Only Way, Truth, and Life

When He gave His Great Commission in Matthew, Jesus used Himself as the bookends for His assignment to His church: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all... Read More »

The Preacher as Theologian: Why Theology is Needed for Text-Driven Preaching

“Sure, I learned lots of theology in seminary… Lots of answers to questions that nobody is asking!” My friend’s words made my stomach lurch. Not because I’m a systematic theology professor, but because like him, I’m also a preac... Read More »

The Theology of Text-Driven Preaching: God Has Spoken

John Stott, in his classic work Between Two Worlds, insightfully commented that the essential secret of preaching is not “mastering certain techniques, but being mastered by certain convictions.” The key theological principle underlying text-driven... Read More »