Preaching for the “Home Run”

By Mike McKinley | 08.22.2014

Most sermons are “base hits.” The preacher presents the meaning of the text, teaches and applies it faithfully, and the congregation receives it gladly.

Maybe I Do Want Topical Preaching?

By Jonathan Leeman | 08.21.2014

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, […]

Stop Preaching to “Non-Christians”

By Mike McKinley | 06.12.2014

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 […]

Learning to Be Yourself as a Preacher: From One Still Trying to Do Just That

By Kevin DeYoung | 06.12.2014

One of the hardest things for any preacher to learn, especially young preachers, is to simply be yourself. 

Sermon Illustrations

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 06.12.2014

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 […]

In Defense of Preaching Models

By Aaron Menikoff | 06.12.2014

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 […]

One Thing I Remember from Preaching Class

By Kevin DeYoung | 06.12.2014

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 […]

Theological Pop-a-Lock

By Greg Gilbert | 06.11.2014

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 […]

Overcoming the Monday Morning “Preaching Hangover”

By Brian Croft | 06.10.2014

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 […]

Nine Marks of a Prosperity Gospel Church

By D. A. Horton | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

A prosperity gospel church is a purely anti-nine marks church.

A Softer Prosperity Gospel: More Common Than You Think

By David Schrock | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.14.2014

Five trademarks of a subtler strain of prosperity teaching.

Evangelism without an Altar Call

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Evangelism - Part 2 | 10.25.2013

Wait, you can do evangelism without an altar call? Read on.

Reaching the “Converted”

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Evangelism - Part 2 | 10.25.2013

Some of pastors’ most obvious evangelistic opportunities are with members of our churches. But how can we reach them?

5 Steps for Finding the Point of Any Passage in Scripture

By Robert Kinney | 08.27.2013

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.

Preaching to Women Who Work in the Home

By Bari Nichols | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Christians for the Workplace | 03.08.2013

To care well for the women in your church who work in the home, remember their curse, their context, and their culture.