Finding the Main Idea
I have been preaching for nearly 20 years. I started later in life compared to some of these young guns right out of seminary. I started preaching with no formal preaching education. All I had was my Bible and Dr. Adrian Rogers’ “Love Worth Finding” radi... 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 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 »
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 »
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 »