#031: Praying For Sunday’s Sermon [PODCAST]

Welcome to episode #31 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, we talk about importance of praying for Sunday’s sermon. When I was a boy growing up in church, I often heard it said… “Preaching and praying go together. If there is going […]


“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you will have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” – Jesus (John 5:39-40)

Reflections On My First T4G Conference

I attended the Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville for the first time last week. It is a biennial conference for pastors led by Mark Dever, Albert Mohler, Ligon Duncan, and C.J. Mahaney. I have heard about T4G from its inception. I have seen the videos from past meetings. I have purchased the books […]

Faithful Preachers are Forgetful Preachers

My big brother, Kevin Willis, was there to hear me preach my first sermon, at the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. I was a boy preacher, eleven years old. It was some years before he heard me preach again. Kevin was in town to preach a meeting. He was scheduled to preach at […]

#030: How I Prepare to Preach

Welcome to episode #030 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode of the podcast, we will discuss 11 ways I prepare to preach.     11 ways I prepare to preach…… Pray Read and reread the text Do observations Read translations Perform word studies Do […]

Who’s Holding You Up?

During a recent sermon, I shared an illustration I have used during counseling sessions over the years. It was very different doing this illustration in the pulpit, rather than in front of one or two persons across a desk. And I typically do not use any type of multimedia in my preaching. I typically just go […]

An Invitation to the Issachar Church Growth & Development Conference

Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do… – 1 Chronicles 12:32 Equipping Leaders to grow Churches, connect with Communities to transform an unchurched Culture The Ralph Douglas West Ministries extends a special invitation to all pastors, church staff, and congregational leaders to the 2016 Issachar Church Growth […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: 43 Years, OKC, & Ministry Links

Thank you to everyone who sent kind words for my birthday this week (2/11). I was already an old man at 21-years-old. At 43, I am now ancient!!! A big shout-out to my Mom, Ellen Charles, whose birthday is the day before mine (2/10). She usually comes to JAX for us to spend our birthdays together. […]