Category: Sermons


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


THE MINISTRY OF THE THORN – CANCER & GOD’S GRACE – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

On Thursday, October 22, I preached in chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was my first chapel sermon since the home going of my wife, Sherri. The text is 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.  During her 3 year and 9 month battle with cancer, Sherri learned to depend upon God’s grace. She discovered that it truly   …Continue Reading


GOD’S GUIDANCE – NUMBERS 9:15-23

These past two Sundays I’ve preached a two-part sermon on Numbers 9:15-23 at First Baptist Church, Irving, TX, where I am the new interim pastor. Numbers 9:15-23 signals the conclusion of the time of Israel’s one-year encampment at Sinai and their embarkation on their journey through the wilderness to the promised land. During that year, between   …Continue Reading