How (Not) to Preach the Psalms

By Jim Hamilton | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Don’t preach the Psalms in isolation—from their immediate or broad context. May God bless his Word in your mouth, and may the sentiments in the Psalms be the heartbeat of God’s people.

4 Reflections after Listening to 18 Hours of Sermons in America’s Biggest Churches

By Colton Corter | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

What’s the preaching like in America’s biggest churches? That’s the question I set out to answer.

I Was A Gospel-Believing Preacher Who Didn’t Preach the Gospel

By Ed Moore | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

I was a minister of the gospel who for many years did not preach the gospel to my flock. How did this happen? Let me back up.

The Easy Application Your Sermon Is Probably Missing


By Keith Collier | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

In the course of sermon preparation, as you consider applications of the text, who do you have in mind?

Reflections on 2 Timothy 4:1

By Ligon Duncan | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

In this final epistle of his life, Paul labors to impress on Timothy the seriousness of this charge. We can see how seriously Paul considers the preaching task by noticing five qualifying phrases.

Reflections on 1 Peter 1:10–12

By Tim Cantrell | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Tucked away in Peter’s prologue, we find the encouragement that preachers dare not miss.

Reflections on 1 Thessalonians 2:13

By Ryan Fullerton | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Preachers are aware of many things, and if we’re not careful, we’ll become subtly unaware of the main thing—we are mounting the pulpit to share the very words of the living God.

Reflections on 1 Corinthians 2:1–5

By Sinclair Ferguson | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

The power of Paul’s words lies in the divine logic of the gospel, not merely in the word-order of his sentences. What, then, is the logic of 1 Corinthians 2:1–5?  

How (Not) to Preach the Pentateuch


By David King | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

If you’ve ever preached from any of these books, you know they can be challenging. What follows are five pitfalls to avoid.

How (Not) to Preach Historical Narrative

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

I’ll discuss ways you shouldn’t preach historical narrative, illustrating each point by primarily looking at 1 Samuel 4–7: the battle of Aphek, the conflict between Dagon and Yahweh, and the battle of Ebenezer. If you haven’t read those chapters in a while, I’d encourage you to give them a look.

How (Not) to Preach Wisdom Literature

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

When was the last time you preached through wisdom literature?

How (Not) to Preach the Epistles

By Bobby Scott | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

It’s really easy to deceive ourselves into thinking we are faithfully preaching the Word when we actually are preaching our own thoughts. 

Should You Preach Moral Lessons from Biblical Stories?

By Jason Hood | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

The solution is not to jettison imitation but to look again at Scripture, letting Scripture’s own interpretation guide our proclamation.

Allegorical Interpretation: Finding the Line Before You Cross It

By Robert Kinney | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Allegory is something less than exposition. It’s difficult to know where to draw the line. How far is too far?

What Would the Puritans Say to Us Now? Learning from Puritan Prescriptions on Preaching

By Matt Haste | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

What comes to your mind when you imagine a Puritan pastor in the pulpit? Long, boring sermons? Monotone diatribes?