Category: Sermons


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 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


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


EASTER SUNDAY SERMON SNIPPETS FROM 1 JOHN 3:1-3

Every Christian should always live in three arenas, 1) what we are, 2) what we shall be, and 3) what we should be. What we are is God’s child (v. 1); what we shall be is conformed to the image of Christ when we get to heaven (v. 2); what we should be on the   …Continue Reading


PREACHING 1 JOHN 2:15-17 – “DON’T LOVE THE WORLD”!

On March 6, 2016, at First Baptist Church, Irving, TX, I preached on 1 John 2:15-17. This is the famous passage where Christians are exhorted not to love the world. What on earth does John mean? The structure of this text is often missed by expositors. The text has one main point, encoded in the   …Continue Reading


Video Chapel Sermon – Hebrews 1:1-4

WHAT DOES TEXT-DRIVEN, CHRIST-CENTERED PREACHING LOOK LIKE? Here is my attempt to demonstrate it. Text: Hebrews 1:1-4. Preached in chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on Tuesday, February 23. Length: 45 minutes. Here is the link: http://media.swbts.edu/item/2163/the-7-wonders-of-jesus


1 JOHN 2:2 & THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT

I am currently serving as the Interim Pastor of First Baptist Church, Irving, TX. A few weeks back I began a series of sermons through 1 John. On Sunday, February 14, I preached on 1 John 2:1-2. Verse 2 says: And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but   …Continue Reading


TEXT-CENTERED PREACHING VS. TEXT-DRIVEN PREACHING

What is the difference between a sermon that is “text-centered” and one that is “text-driven”? Here is a chart I used at the Jacksonville Pastor’s Conference: Text-Centered                                                 Text-Driven Sermon from the text                                    Sermon about the text and derived from it Sermon based on a text                                Sermon explains meaning of the text Focus on textual theme                                Focus on textual   …Continue Reading