Tag: preaching tools


CALLING CHURCH MEMBERS “FAT COWS”: THE ART OF VELVET BRICK PREACHING FROM AMOS

I. SIX KEY THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT GOD IN AMOS:   1. GOD DESCRIBES SIN AS NOTHING LESS THAN OPEN, DEFIANT REBELLION! Characteristic term for moral evil is the Hebrew Pesha’ (1:3, 6, 9, 11, 13; 2:1, 4, 6) “Deliberate doing of wrong when the doing is known to be wrong” 2. GOD JUDGES NATIONS   …Continue Reading


Gems from SWBTS’ Preaching Workshop on Jonah

On Monday, October 6, the Center for Expository Preaching and the preaching faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted our fall Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop. The topic was “Preaching Jonah.” Drs. Steven Smith, Vern Charette, Matthew McKellar and I each took a chapter of Jonah and talked about how to preach it. The audio of   …Continue Reading


Some Introductory Notes on Jonah

I. JONAH THE PROPHET A. NAME : Jonah – “Dove” B. HOME: Gath-hepher – 4 miles north of Nazareth in Galilee (modern el-Meshad) Jonah, the son of Amittai, of Gath-hepher (II Kings 14:25). These two names are found nowhere else in the Old Testament. C. JONAH’S PERIOD OF MINISTRY: (c. 786-746 B.C.) Jonah was active   …Continue Reading


Preaching Freedom from Galatians July 4th Weekend

With tomorrow being the 4th of July, freedom will be a constant theme on social media, television programming, and sermons on Sunday. Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:1 that “It was for freedom that Christ has set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” To   …Continue Reading


5 Reasons Why You Should Consult Commentaries

Yesterday my book Preaching Tools: an Annotated Survey of Commentaries and Preaching Resources for Every Book of the Bible was released @Baptist21 at the SBC in Baltimore. Here is an edited portion of the introduction.

I have always loved books. When I was called to preach at age 16, a retired minister gave me 400 volumes from his library. Since then, I have been something of a collector of theological books, including hundreds of commentaries. These have served as treasured resources for my own personal Bible study, preaching, and teaching over the past 40 years.