Text-Driven Blog

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 »

How Social Media Influences Our Preaching

“Millions of Friends, but Not Very Popular”. This is the headline to the “New York Times” review of the 2010 feature film “The Social Network,” which chronicles the 2003 development and deployment of Facebook by its founder Mark Zuckerberg. From th... 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 »

How the Twitter Age Changes the Way People Think

In many church contexts, social media is negatively viewed and even discouraged in some circles. A proper understanding, training, and security measures need to be present for all ages of usage. Although the Twitter and social media enterprise possesses danger... 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 »

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

“Any time you say something, you are saying it to the exclusion of something else.” As a young MDiv student, I found those words from my preaching professor, Dr. Steven Smith, to be so simple, yet profoundly important. Think about it. You can’t say two t... Read More »

Narrative and Memorization: What Role Does Memorization Play in Storytelling

Everyone loves a good story, and Scripture is filled with them! Noah and the flood, Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, Ruth, and Jonah come to mind. Much of the Bible is written in narrative genre. All narratives have certain things in common: setting, character... Read More »

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