This article establishes that preaching is difficult work, and is not for just anyone. It presents seven key pitfalls that preachers need to avoid.
What place does the imperative have in preaching? When is preaching considered moralism? This article considers the place of moral imperatives in preaching, and shows by way of examples that sometimes it is fine to take large blocks of teaching and focus on Christian morals without fear of falling prey to moralism.
What is preaching? It is God's Word in action, God's chosen tool, and for God's people.
How do Christ's undershepherds come to grips with the truth that they are sinners preaching to sinners? This article explains that preachers have to sit under their own preaching and teaching.
The Bible uses stories (narrative) to reveal who God is, what God desires, how God acts, and how God wants humans to respond to him. Too often preachers ignore the narrative structure of the Bible. This article wants to encourage preaching that honours the narrative structure, content, and purpose of narrative texts.
This article explains that preaching needs to be Word-centred, rather than focused on the preacher. It provides three considerations for building a Word-centred church.
This is a review article of Preaching and Leading Worship, by William H. Willimon. It indicates that Willimon has a balanced approach: he sees the need for appraising and evaluating worship but guards against a craze for novelty. The book provides suggestions for preparing for and conducting worship. Willimon provides guidelines on preaching—on both the preparation and delivery of sermons.
Does preaching still have any meaning in our time and age? Is the sermon a relic of the past? This essay wants to reflect on the theological question of what preaching really is. The true renewal of preaching can only happen in the way of understanding the real nature and function of preaching. A renewal on the level of preaching technique alone is not really a renewal at all. In the New Testament, we find the origin of what Christian preaching is. Some key terms used for preaching are examined.
Has the pulpit become an advice centre? Has the church lost the urgency of preaching? This article draws out the difference between preaching done out of the urgency Scripture and that which is based on populist mentality.
Man's mind is by nature at war with God's truth. Preaching, however, can transform the mind. This article offers ways to addressing the mind and making the Word of God effectual to our hearers.
What makes preaching earnest? This article offers four characteristics: know the text, feel the truth, love the people, and keep the sermon simple.
As a preacher what should you do if your congregation struggles with your preaching? Cultivate humility, openness, gentleness, patience, and focus.
Christ-centred preaching is vital for the church. Yet there is a fine line between preaching that is Christocentric and Christomonic. The latter preaches Christ from Scripture to the neglect of the Father and the Spirit. This article explains the tendency to slip into Christomonic preaching, and reminds from Scripture how Jesus' work of redemption includes the Father and the Spirit working with him to that end.
Preaching at the funeral of someone who was almost surely an unbeliever is very difficult. This article offers a few things worth considering if you are given such an opportunity: talk about the fall, death, and judgment, exalt Christ, hold out the hope of the resurrection, emphasize the role of faith, and stay away from eulogizing.
Should every sermon bring its hearers to the cross, even if Christ himself did not do so? This article shows how everything the Lord Jesus said during his earthly ministry on the way to the cross must be read in the light of what he would accomplish at the cross. Thus, preaching needs to have the blood of Christ as its focal point every time again.
This article offers seven fundamentals to preaching faithfully, including the following: preach expositional sermons, preach the whole counsel of God, preach to yourself, and preach Christ.
What is preaching and why is it so important? This paper considers the significance of preaching in its relationship with the Word of God. It indicates the importance of seeing Christ as the Word that God presents to the world. It also defines the relationship between God's Word and apostolic preaching. In the last section the article examines the relationship between the Word of God and contemporary preaching.
This article provides several benefits of preaching through whole books of the Bible (series preaching). Some of the reasons are: pastors are to preach the whole counsel of God, preaching through a book allows the minister and congregation to better absorb the purpose of God, and it gives a better understanding of a particular book and of biblical theology.
Should a pastor use the second person pronoun in his preaching? This article lists three reasons in support of this.
If you have a great exegetical insight, just how do you communicate it in preaching without losing your hearers' attention? This article suggests five ways.
This article argues that the plan of God played a big role in the writings of Luke and thus in the book of Acts. The author argues that the "plan of God" forms the theological basis for what Luke understood as preaching. It was God who acted through the preaching of the apostles. The preaching of the disciples is a result of God working out his plan for the nations. The plan of God also determines the content of the preaching.
This article declares that preaching is "inherently dangerous." What it means is that preaching that balances declaration with application, or information with challenge, is risky but necessary. The author gives seven reasons why he speaks in this way.