Preaching

Mailbag #23: Giving Feedback on Bad Sermons; Ratio among Staff and Non-Staff Pastors; Church Covenants and the Regulative Principle; Difference between “Pastors” & “Elders”?

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.07.2015

— How do you give your pastor feedback for his sermons, particularly when they are bad? — Jonathan, why did you recommend that your church eliminate the requirement that there must be more lay elders than staff elders? — Wait a second! You’re saying you won’t do baby dedications because of the regulative principle. And then right after that, you talk about reading the church covenant together as a church. Isn’t that a violation of the regulative principle, too? — Does it create two tiers of leadership to always call staff pastors “pastors” and lay elders “elders”?

Is Your Preaching Tone Deaf?

By Mark Vroegop | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

Faithfulness is not just saying the right words. It’s saying them like Scripture says them.

How to Evaluate Your Pastor’s Sermons

By Keith Collier | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

In the long run, good, helpful feedback will make him an even better preacher, which will contribute to your own spiritual growth and build up the church to the glory of Christ.

A Gospel-Centered Sermon is a Gospel-Shining Sermon

By David King | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

What exactly does “gospel-centered” mean in expositional preaching?

No Application? Then You Haven’t Preached

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

Explaining the text is not applying the text, and if you haven’t applied the text, you haven’t preached.

Preaching to Women: Things for a Pastor to Consider

By Erin Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

Like all Christians, women need the ammunition of the gospel for another week of battle in this hostile world.

Book Review: The Art of Prophesying, by William Perkins

Review by Andrew Ballitch | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

Why should pastors today read The Art of Prophesying, a nearly 500-year-old book about preaching?

You Aren’t as Smart as You Think You Are . . . So Manuscript Your Sermons

By Jason Dees | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

I’m not as smart as Martyn Lloyd-Jones or Charles Spurgeon, and neither are you. So here are 4 reasons to use manuscripts for your sermons.

Why Preaching?

By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.16.2015

Other forms of communication seem more immediately effective. Must we make preaching central to a church’s gathering?

The Value and Challenge of Sermon Review

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.11.2015

I do not preach exactly the same way that I used to, and I hope that ten years from now I will not preach exactly as I do now.

Hope for the Melancholy Preacher

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.10.2015

How do we learn to live with the fact that no sermon will ever measure up to the depths of our text, to the needs of our people, or to our ideal images of ourselves? What does success look like when you know your preaching will never be good enough?

What’s Your Point? 5 Suggestions for Clearer Sermons

By Robert Kinney | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.09.2015

The best sermons bring the weight of the text to bear on the hearts and minds of the people.

Expositional Imposters (Expanded)

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.08.2015

Here are 12 kinds of sermons that appear to be expositional, but actually aren’t.

What I’ve Learned from 33 Years of Preaching God’s Word

By Steve Hussung | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.04.2015

Now, at nearly the thirty-three year mark of ministry, I am running out of life much more quickly than I am running out of Bible.

What I’ve Learned After One Year of Preaching God’s Word

By Dallas Goebel | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.03.2015

A good gardener delights in what he plants, and finds joy in seeing the smallest fruit. So it must be for the pastor.