The goal should be to preach long enough to faithfully treat the text and short enough to effectively communicate to the congregation.
A cliché among preachers is that you should preach your sermon to yourself before the congregation. I agree with that sentiment, but I will say that it is not easy. At times, I will find myself thoroughly convicted by the biblical text and even by some of the great saints I reference in my illustrations. Such was the case recently … Read More
We preachers always knew sermons were important to church visitors, but now we have the data to prove it! The Pew Research Center recently released the results of a survey of 5,000 Americans about whether they have ever changed churches and, if so, how they search for a new church. And the number one factor cited by respondents? Quality of … Read More
The reasons why an outline can kill a sermon.
Preaching magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and one of the figures who has most influenced preaching during those years has been Haddon Robinson.
As preachers, our task is not only proclamation but translation – we are called to express the truth of God’s Word in language and forms that common people can understand. That may take a little longer to prepare, but it’s worth the effort.
Wonder where the lines are drawn on the issue of plagiarism and preaching — what is “stealing” and what is honest research?