Blog Entries on Preaching

Jan 12, 2017

The Essential Marks of a Preacher by Jason K. Allen

If God has called you to be His preacher, never stoop to be a king of men.

Aug 6, 2015

The Deep Waters of Biblical Exposition by Mark Hampton

Do not be discouraged at this daunting task, rather, be encouraged that we have such a tremendously deep and rich resource from which to draw.

Oct 19, 2015

The Bible is Not an Instruction Manual by Jared C. Wilson

If the emphasis of our preaching is on being more like Jesus and not on the good news of grace despite our not being able to be like Jesus, we end up actually achieving the opposite of our intent. We inadvertently become legalists, actually.

Nov 7, 2016

The 5 C's of Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

This short checklist reflects the irreduceable complexity of true Christian preaching.

Dec 13, 2015

Sunday Mornings As The Definition of Insanity by Jared C. Wilson

So you keep going. Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. What’s the definition of insanity again?

Jun 28, 2017

Stop Trying to Preach a Home Run by Chad Lengyel

Our hope is that God is incredibly generous with how much grace he dispenses and upon whom He dispenses it.

Mar 11, 2019

Steering from the Stage

Keys for Gospel-Driven Preaching

Who is church for? And what do they need? - An exclusive excerpt from the new book The Gospel-Driven Church

Jan 31, 2016

Spurgeon on Preaching with Feeling by Charles Spurgeon

A sinner has a heart as well as a head; a sinner has emotions as well as thoughts; and we must appeal to both.

Jun 19, 2018

Spurgeon for Plumbers by Steve Bezner

There is no substitute for being present. There is no greater gift than helping another understand the Bible.

Feb 14, 2019

So, Do You Write Your Own Sermons? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

When you stand behind the sacred desk to preach, be a voice, not an echo.

Sep 21, 2016

Slaying the Sin of Pride in the Pulpit by Jared Bumpers

Preachers, when you feel the subtle pull to draw attention to yourself, run to the cross and let yourself be humbled.

Oct 14, 2015

Simple, Practical Ways to Improve Your Preaching by Erik Raymond

These are things you can do right away and they will bring immediate impact. As I look back on sermons that have seemed to have the most traction, they have most often been the ones when I have faithfully unfolded the passage, gotten out of the way, and let these 5 friends loose.

Sep 7, 2016

Should A Preacher Use Humor From The Pulpit? by Kevin Halloran

God created us to enjoy humor and it is a powerful tool in a preacher’s arsenal when used responsibly.

Apr 17, 2018

Shooing Flies in the Pulpit by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Whether a fly is in your face or a dove is on your shoulder, keep preaching and keep praying.

Sep 20, 2018

Say it in a Sentence by Justin Buzzard

Pastor, you aren't ready to preach until you can state what your sermon is about in one, clear sentence.

Feb 16, 2014

Sabbath Texts by Joe Thorn

I am fairly tech-savvy, but I'll be honest. I'm not a fan of texting. I do it, of course. It's become a common means to communicate for certain things, so I'm on it. But I don't have to like it. However, texting began to look different to me as my good friend, Matthew Molesky, started sending me what I call "sabbath texts."

Matthew is the Sr. Pastor of…

Apr 28, 2015

Real Preaching is Attractive by Staff

When Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that people still will come to hear preaching in our contemporary culture, he adds two qualifications . . .

Apr 5, 2018

Real Knowledge in an Age of Facebook Friends by Cole Deike

Pastors, let your church know they should listen to your sermons with one ear to the pulpit and one ear to the heavens.

Feb 25, 2016

Put Your Whole Person into Your Sermon Prep by David Prince

Preachers should engage in sermon preparation as whole persons, engaging every aspect of their being.

Feb 28, 2018

Preach Like Paul by Adam McClendon

His identity was not connected with those to whom he was commissioned; rather, his identity was connected to the one who commissioned him.

Oct 25, 2017

Preach Like Carl Sagan, Not Neil deGrasse Tyson by Luke Holmes

When we hold the good news of Jesus Christ in our hands, we should never bore someone with our words. 

Oct 20, 2016

Preach Like A Painter by Chris Thomas

Preacher, show your church the wonder. Preach like a painter. Take your tools and your technique and bend them to the cause of Christ.

May 25, 2015

Preach Like a Church Planter by Peyton Hill

No Sunday church gathering consists of believers alone. Yet, for most pastors of established churches, our tendency is to preach to the same people each week.

Sep 26, 2018

Preach Less by Dayton Hartman

As a church plant begins to mature, the church planter should preach less by sharing the pulpit more. 

May 31, 2015

Preaching With Patience by Jonathan Shradar

When I am inclined to be frustrated when someone is just not “getting it," I am reminded of Jesus’ gracious and patient teaching by way of reminder among the disciples.

May 12, 2015

Preaching When Distressed by Adam McClendon

Distractions of all forms hit pastors. These distractions are circumstances that burden the pastor’s heart to such an extent that it threatens their ability to properly prepare for preaching the Bible faithfully.

Aug 4, 2017

Preaching Under Pressure by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Unending sunshine creates shallow pulpits.

Jun 6, 2019

Preaching to Sufferers by David Prince

One deficiency in much contemporary preaching is the failure to proceed with an understanding that we preach as sufferers, to sufferers.

Dec 31, 2019

Preaching the Whole Counsel by Jason K. Allen

If one desires to preach the whole counsel of God, proper interpretation is of paramount importance. ​

May 8, 2015

Preaching Sanctification by Nick Floyd

May our goal be to produce a congregation full of hot hearts ready to change the world for God who completely rest in the work of Christ.

Jun 22, 2015

Preaching Like A Boy Band Trying To Play The Blues by Jeff Lawrence

When we preach in our own strength, it is easy to come off like a boy band in a self-focused, over-choreographed performance. But if we pretend to have it all together, we rob our people of the comfort of the gospel.

Dec 5, 2015

Preaching Jesus vs. Namedropping Jesus by Cole Deike

Does your preaching simply mention Jesus, or does it portray him?

May 2, 2016

Preaching for the 'Home Run' by Mike McKinley

If I’m being honest, I feel that I have to hit a home run or I have wasted everyone’s time that week. Does the pastor prepare his sermon so that it’s a base hit or do you swing for the fences every week?

May 13, 2015

Preaching Christ From the Gospels Is Not a No-Brainer by David Prince

The almost universal assumption is that no one has difficulty preaching Christ from the New Testament, especially from the Gospels. But just because your sermon mentions Christ doesn't mean you're preaching Christ.

May 20, 2015

Preaching Christ From Judges by Jared Bumpers

I was twelve or thirteen, and my dad, who is a pastor, gave me the opportunity to preach a five-minute sermon (what was he thinking?). I selected Judges 3:12-30 as my text and delivered a sermon on Ehud and Eglon that I had titled “When Lefty Stabbed Fatty."

Feb 5, 2016

Preaching as Spiritual Warfare by Jared Bumpers

As preachers proclaim the gospel, they are engaging the enemy. They are mounting an assault on Satan's kingdom.

Apr 20, 2017

Preachers with Presence by Chris Thomas

Only an "in-person" preacher can bear the burdens of the congregation, weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.

Jun 10, 2019

Preachers Talk Preaching

Brandon Smith Interviews Tony Merida and Me

My conversation on preaching with Tony Merida and Brandon Smith.

Jun 29, 2015

Preachers Must Sweat Out The Text by Erik Raymond

Why do some guys walk to the pulpit and from first word to last seems to be clicking, dripping with passion, demonstrable brokenness, and a visible burden for their people to ‘get it’? While others are able to deliver a biblically faithful message but seem to lack that extra ‘something’ that makes a good sermon different?

Apr 12, 2018

Preachers, Let's Stop Stepping on Toes by Lee Callicutt

Only when the heart is addressed do people find Christ more glorious, satisfying, and beautiful than whatever else they are grasping onto.

May 10, 2017

Preachers: God Will Make the Dents by Erik Raymond

We are to make indentions, impressions, dents, whatever, upon the mind and heart by preaching the Word of God. 

Mar 14, 2019

Preacher, Give Them Bread by Mat Alexander

Discipline yourself not to feel the need to overwhelm in every sermon. It’s difficult to do, but we must get over the temptation to feed God’s people everything we have each week.

Nov 28, 2018

Preacher, Feeling Good is Overrated by David Prince

We are involved in cosmic battle, attempting to capture the hearts of men and women for Christ.

Sep 1, 2015

Preacher, Don't Move the Fence in Your Sermon by Mike Leake

It isn’t wise to go about moving fences unless you realize why that fence was there in the first place.

Dec 6, 2015

Preach Christ or Go Home by Charles Spurgeon

If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name in it, it ought to be his last, certainly the last that any Christian ought to go to hear him preach.

Jul 18, 2017

Pray for Forgetfulness by Brandon Freeman

To be free from self-reflection and consumed with the glory of the preaching moment is a gift of God.

May 23, 2018

Please Clap: The Dangerous Addiction to Compliments by Steve Bezner

Believing the finished work of Jesus means believing that the gospel is all the approval and compliment we need.

Jul 3, 2015

Pastor, You Should Share The Pulpit by Steve Rahn

If your church is blessed to have another guy or two gifted by God to preach, I encourage you to share the pulpit. It'll be good for you and good for your church.  

Nov 28, 2018

Pastors: Preach, Don't Rant by Jason K. Allen

Simply put, a sermon’s authority is derived from Holy Scripture’s authority.