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The Geography of Genius Preaching

By | 2017-10-10T22:44:14+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Categories: General|

How did Athens almost simultaneously produce the likes of Plato and Socrates, Pericles and Sophocles? How did 18th century Vienna witness the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn? How did Florence produce artists like da Vinci, Michelangelo and Donatello in such close proximity to each other? I’ve often wondered how the founding of the United [...]

16 Reasons Your Sermons Must Stay Focused on the Text

By | 2017-09-14T14:54:09+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: General|

We hear a lot about expository preaching. By "expository" I mean understanding the point of the passage you are preaching from and explaining that point in your sermon from the passage all along the way. Sometimes we assume the need for exposition because it's been drilled into some of us for so long. Others of us [...]

The Introduction: Connecting Your Audience to Your Text

By | 2017-07-06T21:02:36+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Preparation|

When writing your sermon, the introduction is your entrance or your on-ramp. You need to get them on board right away. Rather than assuming their attention, you need to win it quickly and set it on the right thing. Those are the two ingredients to effective introductions. First, you want to win their attention [...]

The Homiletical Cart and The Hermeneutical Horse

By | 2017-06-21T20:16:43+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: Preparation|

It’s as ironic as it is frightening—a biblical text that preachers are suitably familiar with, as well as celebrate, is also one they are tempted to butcher weekly. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be [...]

Book Review: Preaching the Whole Counsel of God

By | 2017-06-21T20:16:03+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Relevant Reads|

Julius Kim has been teaching for about 17 years now at Westminster Seminary California and in 2015 he released Preaching the Whole Counsel of God: Design and Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons. It is written to serve as one text that covers the gamut of what a first preaching class should cover. Kim goes from basic hermeneutics, [...]

5 Overused Rhetorical Devices in Preaching

By | 2017-05-25T18:04:19+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Categories: Delivery|

Too much of a good thing can sometimes make it a bad thing. Especially when it comes to rhetorical devices in preaching. Any strategic tool in speech communication can be overused. But some seem to be implemented much more frequently than others and they lose their edge. Last week I reviewed 5 rhetorical devices that [...]

5 Effective Rhetorical Devices for Preaching

By | 2017-05-25T15:57:47+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Categories: Delivery|

This is the first of two posts on rhetorical devices. Next week we will review 5 Overused Rhetorical Devices (in my opinion of course). For this week we’re going to consider five that we can use effectively in our preaching. Let’s jump right in.  1. The Periodic Sentence The periodic sentence is attributed to [...]

Sermons & Songs

By | 2017-05-12T15:29:05+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: General|

The pastor’s sermon and the congregation’s singing are wed together by the Word. We proclaim God’s truths in song and we receive God’s truths in the sermon. But how intentional should we be about making sure the sermon and the song selections are on the same page? I’ve handled this a couple of different [...]

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This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.