On Sermon Outlines

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in On Preaching | 11 comments

Every sermon should have a destination. It also needs a clear path to get there. A sermon outline charts the path for the sermon to reach its intended destination. Good sermons have effective outlines. A sermon is more than an outline. But it is not less. The outline gives structure to the message. That structure supports the substance of the message. Similarly, your body is infinitely more than a skeleton. Yet it is built on and around the...

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On Consecutive Exposition

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in On Preaching, Uncategorized | 12 comments

“People have short attention spans. So you really do long series through books anymore. People will check out on you after four to six sermons.” This authoritative claim is simply not true. People are hungry for the word of God. Consecutive exposition both satisfies people’s hunger for scripture and shapes it. Expository preaching is an acquired taste. Before people get it they don’t know what they are missing. But when they get it they don’t...

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On Sermon Conclusions

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in On Preaching | 4 comments

“So how was your flight?” When I am asked this question, I typically respond by saying it was a good flight. I speak positively about the flight for one reason. It landed. I may not like my assigned seat. There may have been no room for my bag in the overhead compartment. It may have been a bumpy flight the whole ride. But none of that really matters as long as the flight lands safely. The same is true of sermons. It may get off to a bumpy...

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On Sermon Illustrations

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Notes from Sunday 2013, On Preaching | 10 comments

There are three basic elements to a sermon: explanation, application, and illustration. At any given point of the sermon, you are doing one of these three things. Explanation is the foundation of a biblical message. The goal is to explain what the text means by what it says. However, interpretation without application is abortion. You must explain the text and exhort the congregation to do what it says (James 1:22). But your work is not done...

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Top Posts of 2012

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Interviews, On Preaching | 0 comments

I needed a hobby. A diversion. Something. So I started writing on my blog more, among other things. Along with reading, writing is one of the most relaxing things I do. My increased writing led to a blog site update, which led to even more writing. Most weeks, I write a “Notes from Sunday” recap and “Saturday Shout-Outs.”  I often write one or two other posts a week, as well. Here are some of the top posts of 2012.. Top...

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On Being a Guest Preacher

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in On Preaching | 12 comments

I am a local church pastor, who is often invited to preach. I am invited to speak at schools, conferences, and other such events. But I am most often invited to speak for other local churches. I do not take these opportunities lightly. Neither should you. A pastor’s primary responsibility is to be a faithful steward of the pulpit with which he has been entrusted. He is charged before God to preach the word. He is also accountable for what...

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