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Welcome to Preaching Well!

Preaching Well is a free resource for preachers who are interested in learning new ideas, being refreshed by reminders, and engaging in conversation with other preachers.

Who is this guy?

I’m certainly not God’s gift to preachers everywhere.  But I love preaching and have been delivering sermons in one context or another since I was 17 years old. Boy I’m glad they’re not recorded. I’ve improved leaps and bounds since then, but it’s not that I’ve improved — it’s that I want to always be improving. This blog is my desire to improve by sharing  insights I pick up along the way and to hear from you about your journey as well. Obviously, you don’t have to agree with every perspective I promote, but if I were you I’d want to know where the author is coming from.

I’m the Senior Pastor of a non-denominational church in Itasca, IL.  I am evangelical, mostly reformed, warmly credobaptistic, complementarian and a staunch defender of expository preaching.  My preaching has been influenced by masters of delivery like Haddon Robinson, Don Sunukjian and Crawford Loritts, and by champions of exegesis like John Piper, John MacArthur and Steve Mathewson. These preachers and many others have demonstrated that textually faithful sermons can also be engaging sermons. We need not sacrifice one for the other. Indeed we should not! That’s why this blog exists.

Why yet another blog?

The internet is crowded with blogs. Pastors’ RSS feeds are bulging with posts.  Many of them are written by super-bloggers with mega-platforms and I don’t want to compete with them (nor could I!) But if you could use a free, trustworthy, online resource dealing specifically with the task of preaching, I hope this is one you will find beneficial. My aim is to produce good content about how to preach faithfully and engagingly and my desire is that preachers find it challenging, encouraging and useful. That it would benefit congregations via their pastor’s sharpened approach to preaching.

The posts here will be relevant to pastors and preachers all over, but the group I particularly have in mind are ministers who perhaps have been out of seminary for a long while, do not typically devour preaching books as they’re published, yet desire an ongoing source of challenge and encouragement to their preaching. Sort of like a continuing education for homiletics. But whether you’ve never been to seminary or you teach at one, my hope is that you too will find a home here.

You’ll see posts like:

  • Suggestions on how to prepare sermons more effectively.
  • Thoughts on how to deliver sermons with poise and skill.
  • Insights into excavating the biblical text faithfully.
  • Shoring up your theology of preaching.
  • Tips on how to win attention and keep it.
  • Interviews with effective preachers who offer their wisdom.
  • Reviews of books on or related to preaching.
  • Links to quality sermons that model one or more marks of good preaching.

How you can help!

If this site does what it’s supposed to do — promote faithful exposition and skillful delivery — then I hope you’ll agree with me that it would bring God glory in churches all over if more pastors are exposed to it.  Here are four ways you can help:

  1. Subscribe! I know — like me, your inbox is most likely flooded with random sites asking you to subscribe. But subscribing will keep you notified when new content is posted and keep you in the loop on conversations happening on the site. You might even see a post that you would like to share or send to a friend, even if you personally don’t have time to read all of it.
  2. Use the comments section to chime in! I want this to be a place that facilitates conversations and not just monologues.  Maybe you have another way of doing it, maybe you were blessed by something in the post, or perhaps you have something to add that would benefit other readers! Take a few seconds to leave a thought and it will help keep this site active and useful to others. 
  3. Consider guest posting. I can’t guarantee it, but send me your idea. I’ll probably ask a little about your background, look into your ministry context and of course I’ll proofread your entry. But I am looking for others to contribute meaningful, thoughtful posts on the glorious work of preaching!
  4. Contact me with suggestions, questions, objections (oh boy), and general feedback! You can make this site better by letting me know what you think. And I will make myself available to respond to questions that you may not want seen in the comments.

Do you see any immediate ways to improve the site? Are you eager to see future posts? Do you think this resource will be helpful to you? Let us know in the comments section!

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