Category Archives: General Preaching

The Art and Science of Sermon Preparation: Planning Ahead

“Habitually to come into the pulpit unprepared is unpardonable presumption.” — Charles Spurgeon There seems to be an assumption amongst many that sermons form themselves as the preacher stands in the pulpit.  We preachers are often asked, half-jokingly, what we … Continue reading

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7 Tips for My Younger Preacher Self

How many of us have ever wished that we could go back in time and impart the wisdom we have now to our younger selves as we embarked into the world of ministry?  On the Gospel Coalition blog today, Jeramie … Continue reading

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An excellent article on the nature of preaching as God’s Word was posted today on The Gospel Coalition blog.  Anyabwile always has good insights to share on preaching, but his thoughts here are particularly good.  I’ve been working my way … Continue reading

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“Christ did something or other, which, somehow or other, had some connexion or other with salvation.”

Is the Gospel clear in our preaching?  Do we drive home the important doctrines of the faith from the pulpit?  Or do we preach a feel-good, non-confrontational, sentimental, and wishy-washy message of the goodness of God and the goodness of … Continue reading

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Praying Scripture to Shape Scriptural Preaching

What we pray for the people to whom we preach reflects the priorities we have for them and will impact what we preach to them.  If we are faithful biblical expositors it’s probably safe to assume that our desires for … Continue reading

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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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