Monthly Archives: October 2011

Homiletic History

When I entered seminary I signed up for the academic track.  Pastoral ministry wasn’t really on my radar.  I was planning to be a Hebrew or an Old Testament professor.  God had other plans, but since he didn’t let me … Continue reading

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Save Some for Later

“Save some for later.”  That’s what I was advised one All Saints’ Day after I’d foolishly preached for almost fifty minutes on the day’s Gospel (St. Matthew 5:1-12).  Yes, I decided to tackle all eight beatitudes in one sermon.  It … Continue reading

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The Application Grid

Application is the key difference between teaching and preaching.  Expositional preaching is often dismissed as irrelevant—as being little more than a running Scripture commentary from the pulpit.  Sadly that criticism is often true.  I’ve heard sermons that sound as though … Continue reading

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