Jesus’ compassion for the people in Matthew 9 reflects on the Messianic promise of Ezekiel 34:23.
Taking Up Your Cross
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
Praying in Preparation to Preach
There is no chance of fire in the pews if there is an iceberg in the pulpit; and without personal prayer and communion with God during the preparation stages, the pulpit will be cold… To borrow from the marriage ceremony, it is imperative that “what God has joined together, no man should put asunder.” We dare not divorce our preaching … Read More
Ousting the Outliner: Giving the Text Its Natural Voice in Preaching
The reasons why an outline can kill a sermon.
Here’s to You, Dr. Robinson
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.
Preaching So They Can Understand
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.
Better Left Unsaid
Certain words and phrases can dilute our sermons and hinder our messages. We should actively seek to eliminate these distracting expressions from our sermons.
Preaching & Plagiarism
Wonder where the lines are drawn on the issue of plagiarism and preaching — what is “stealing” and what is honest research?
Perusing Pauline Parallels
Want to know the key passages where Paul discusses justification or his advice on dealing with governmental authorities or food offered to idols?