Category: Sermons


“Christian Concern” Hebrews 10:24 — Dr. Jimmy Draper, SWBTS Chapel (October 17, 1975)

While rummaging through some of the many resource materials we have in the Center for Preaching at Southwestern Seminary, I came across the transcript of a sermon that had been preached in chapel at Southwestern on October 17th, 1975. The sermon was on Hebrews 10:24 and was preached by the associate pastor of First Baptist   …Continue Reading


My All-Time Favorite Sports Sermon Illustration!

“Let us run with endurance the race set before us . . . .” It’s a grueling 543.7 mile endurance race from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia – the world’s longest and toughest ultra-marathon. In 1983, 150 world-class runners converged on Sydney for the event. On the day of the race, a toothless 61 year old   …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 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