Category Archives: Preaching

Preaching Tool Download – Keep Up With What Scriptures You Preach

We all have our favorite verses. If we aren’t careful those same scriptures will end up in our preaching and teaching over and over again. It was this realization and a desire to cover more of the Bible than I normally would that led me to track the scriptures I include in my sermons on a weekly basis. I can tell you how many times I have used John 3:16 in the last 6 years of preaching.

I do this by keeping a spreadsheet. I am uploading the spreadsheet here for anyone else who wants to do this. I have found this incredibly helpful and I hope you will as well as we continue to try to get more and more of the Bible in front of our church families.

Here is the file – Sermon Scriptures Used

Preaching and Vision Casting: 5 Tips

This past Sunday I preached a sermon that was quite different for me and, I believe, quite different for the congregation. I presented information about our children’s ministry’s plan for updates and changes to our facility and their ministry in particular. In many ways it was vision casting with specific action items. Far too manyContinue Reading

The Power of Story Only Takes One So Far

Stories are powerful. They tap into the emotions a lot more quickly and effectively than raw data. Because they are both effective and efficient it is easy to rely on them too heavily. I have heard sermons that had many powerful stories in them but in the mix of the story telling I wasn’t reallyContinue Reading

Building a Theological & Ministry Library Part 3 – Books on Preaching

There is a wealth of books on preaching out there these days that put the experts in the field right at our fingertips. Not only does a preacher need to be biblically informed. A preacher needs to be a decent to excellent communicator as well. We are not all gifted as expert communicators but IContinue Reading

Interview With Michael Heiser

Michael Heiser is the author of two recent books that have both been reviewed here on the site: The Unseen Realm & Supernatural. We recently recorded a conversation about how to get our eyes and ears more open to scripture. From that topic we launch into how our understanding of our spiritual identity is aContinue Reading

An “Aha” About God’s Love for Me from 1 John 1

I am not much of a self promoter so that is not what this is about at all but I feel compelled to share something here that I shared yesterday morning. Fast forward to 1:13:30. Just for some context on this – I don’t really like writing introductions to sermons because I always figure somethingContinue Reading

Exploring the First Century Church: Instruction & Teaching

The last post talked about the Bible proper. This post is going to be exploring how the early church went about making instructions and teaching from what they had. As was already mentioned, completed New Testaments took some time to be compiled, copied and circulated as a whole for the churches in the ancient world.Continue Reading

The Most Critical Question for Preaching and Teaching

The most critical question is not what illustration to use or how many points one needs in a sermon. It is not even about form and function…what form does the sermon need to take or what function does this sermon have in the life of the church. Before all of that the critical question inContinue Reading

Preaching Into a Meaningful Whole: Connecting Sermon with the Rest of Worship

The sermon is never complete until the last word is said and people stand and sing. No matter how much I prepare, study, and wrestle over what needs to be said or how to say it…the sermon is never done until it is done. In order to make the sermon fit better into the restContinue Reading

Words Create…and Creation Cannot be Rushed

God created the universe with words and with Word (Gen 1:1, John 1:1-3, Col 1:16). Needless to say, words are powerful. In a much more limited sense, our words also have power to create. There are certain words that are spoken that just cannot be unspoken because once they are said they create a lastingContinue Reading

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