Most sermons are “base hits.” The preacher presents the meaning of the text, teaches and applies it faithfully, and the congregation receives it gladly.
Dear Mr. Young Expositional Preacher. I am a member of your church. Call me Johnny Average Church Member. First of all, I am very grateful for your commitment to expositional preaching. Don’t lose the commitment. I know a guy named Leeman who wrote a book on the supernatural power of expositional preaching, which I read, […]
I hate the word “non-Christian”. Christians use it all the time to describe people who are not Christians. For example, we might say something like, “I invited my non-Christian neighbor to church” or “My son is dating a non-Christian”. And I guess that I am OK with using the word in that way. It’s not […]
One of the hardest things for any preacher to learn, especially young preachers, is to simply be yourself.
Dee, thanks for both your question about illustrations and for your thoughtful response to Mike about how not to get burned out from giving counsel to the people. I found that very helpful. As for illustrations, I don’t think I’m very good at it at all. It’s another area I need to work on as a […]
I think we need to be careful. As I read Scripture, I’m struck by a couple things that are pertinent to this topic. First, we should expect that a disciple will resemble his teacher: “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). Jesus […]
This has helped me. I pass it along to any young preachers out there looking for free advice. When you come to a passage there are four things you can do: illustrate, defend, explain, apply. I rearranged the order from seminary class so the four points make a convenient acronym: IDEA. Most young preachers, and probably most preachers […]
Mark Dever and I are considering, someday, writing a book together about preaching. In one of the sections of this imagined book, there would be a transcript of one or two of Mark’s sermons punctuated by comments from him reflecting on the sermon. Why did you say that, Mark? What were you thinking when you […]
How do you overcome the Monday morning “preaching hangover”? You may call it something different, but every pastor knows about it. It is the mental, emotional, and spiritual crash that takes place the next day (Monday) as a result of pouring your heart and soul out in the proclamation of God’s Word to God’s people the day before. Personally, it has […]
A prosperity gospel church is a purely anti-nine marks church.
Five trademarks of a subtler strain of prosperity teaching.
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Some of pastors’ most obvious evangelistic opportunities are with members of our churches. But how can we reach them?
There is no magic formula. There is, however, a handful of things you can find in your text, no matter where you are in the Bible, that will help you find its point.
To care well for the women in your church who work in the home, remember their curse, their context, and their culture.