Category: Preaching


PREACHING LESSONS FROM A TRAIN WHISTLE

I have always been partial to train whistles. My grandparents lived less than half a mile from the railroad tracks in the little sleepy mill town of Lindale, GA. I would hear the train whistle blow day and night. My favorite time to listen was late on a fall night. Everything in the house was quiet and tranquil.   …Continue Reading


10 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SERMON INTERESTING AND MEMORABLE – PART 2

In his classic On Christian Doctrine (Book 4), Augustine extols rhetoric as the handmaid of truth. Rhetoric must never degenerate into the role of court jester in preaching. We have all witnessed the preacher who “with conjuring adroitness keeps producing fat rabbit after fat rabbit out of an obviously empty hat” as Arthur Gossip put   …Continue Reading


HOW TO MAKE YOUR SERMON INTERESTING AND MEMORABLE – PART 1

“Some people preach for an hour and it seems like twenty minutes, and some preach for twenty minutes and it seems like an hour. I wonder what the difference is? I think I’ve spent my life trying to answer that question.” So said the Dean of Evangelical homileticians, Haddon Robinson, concerning the question of what   …Continue Reading


SOUTHWESTERN SEMINARY LAUNCHES NEW PREACHING WEBSITE – PREACHING SOURCE.COM!

Today the School of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary launched a new preaching website – http://preachingsource.com/. Text-Driven Preaching is preaching that develops the SUBSTANCE, STRUCTURE, & SPIRIT of the text. Check out the short interview where I explain what Text-Driven preaching is all about. http://preachingsource.com/preaching-interviews/. This is a multi-faceted resource for preachers, teachers, and   …Continue Reading


A Word to Seminary Students about Theology and Preaching

Amassing intellectual capital is an important part of Seminary training. In ministry, you’re going to need all you can lay your hands on! However, those of us who have been around the block a few times know that you cannot survive in ministry off that capital alone. Since you are constantly making withdrawals, you have   …Continue Reading


“Needed: A Return to Old-Time Preaching” – Vance Havner (Part 2)

NOTE: This is Part 2 of an article by Vance Havner which appeared in 1978 and is well worth the read! Watch for Part 3!   The preacher we need is authoritative:  My Lord taught as one “having authority and not as the scribes,” and a lot I hear today sounds like the scribes.  “There was   …Continue Reading


Needed: A Return to Old-Time Preaching — Vance Havner (PART 1)

NOTE: This is Part 1 of an article by Vance Havner which appeared in 1978 and is well worth the read! Watch for Parts 2 & 3! In these wild and weird and wicked times, the work of the preacher is being rethought and revamped and reexamined. He’s being pushed away from the center of   …Continue Reading


A Sermon Introduction for Hebrews 1:1-4

What Shakespeare is to playwrights, the Mississippi to rivers, and Westminster to cathedrals, Hebrews 1:1-4 is to all the New Testament. Seventy-two words in the Greek text comprise a single sentence and each word is pregnant with meaning and pulsates with deity. From high atop this theological Mount Everest, we are able to view God’s   …Continue Reading


“THE PRINCE OF PREACHERS”

At age 17, he pastored his first church which grew in two years from 40 to 400. At age 19, he was preaching every Sunday to 5000+ people. By the age of 21, he had preached over 1000 times. When he became pastor of New Park Street Baptist Church in London at age 19, the   …Continue Reading


SERMON SNIPPETS FROM 1 JOHN 3:11-18

If we are to love everybody, does that mean we have to like everybody? How do I go about loving people I don’t like, even in the church? I’m just asking the question I know you are asking right now in your mind! It seems to me there is a very clear, practical, distinction between   …Continue Reading