Tuesday is for Preaching The devil will let a man prepare a sermon if that will keep him from preparing himself. —Vance Havner Men, it is too easy, to fall for the trap of the evil one. He is a liar, the father of lies, a deceiver from the beginning, a defiler and confuser of the … More Worthless Preaching and Preachers Who Preach without Worth
Tuesday is for Preaching I am thankful for the discussions that the history channel’s mini-series on the Bible is stimulating. Nevertheless, it is clear from the whatever niggling we might do about the truncating and compression of the Bible stories selected, the bigger problem with the series is that it doesn’t get the big story … More Some Basic Words on Preaching the Word in a History Channel World
Tuesday is for Preaching I have met too many of what I call “survivors”—pastors who survive in small or large places by only telling pleasantries, jokes, and sentimental soppy stories (the preaching equivalent of kitty cat pictures and movie shorts on wimp.com). These men seem to have read or imbibed from the culture around them … More 21st Century Preaching: Cowards Need Not Apply
Tuesday is for Preaching Recently, I was taken to task on a critical statement I made toward politicians in general of both parties and of the president in particular. It was a friend who took me to task, and we remain friends though I remain unconvinced that my criticism of the Congress, Senate and Executive … More Sin Ruins Nations: How to Preach to a Government that has Turned its Back
Tuesday is for Preaching “Turn off the television. It is not necessary for relevance. And it is a deadly place to rest the mind. Its pervasive banality, sexual innuendo, and God-ignoring values have no ennobling effects on the preacher’s soul. It kills the spirit. It drives God away. It quenches prayer. It blanks out the … More A Path to Better Preaching Most Will Never Take
Tuesday is for Preaching Got your Christmas series planned? Not? Do you believe the whole Bible is inspired? Try this one. Consider doing a month long series in Matthew 1:1-25. Week 1: Matthew 1:1-6a What Child is This: Part 1 Week 2: Matthew 1:6b-11 What Child is This: Part 2 Week 3: Matthew 1:12-17 What … More If the Genealogies are Inspired Why Don’t We Preach from Them?
Tuesday is for Preaching Is it okay to preach the Bible without preaching Christ? Is it possible to preach every text and get to the cross? Is it appropriate for the preacher to preach a non-Messianic OT text, preach it accurately in terms of its historical context, and never refer to Jesus? How often can … More Can We Preach Every Text without Preaching Christ?
Tuesday is for Preaching A while back I wrote a post that observed that many church planters seem to be spending more time trying to be funny than they are in actually thinking hard about the meaning of the text. It raised the whole issue of the purpose of illustrations. With that in mind, here … More “Fiction is the Art of Telling the Truth by Lying”
Tuesday is for Preaching 42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as … More How Did Jesus Prepare to Preach?
Tuesday is for Preaching Just came into possession of a new book on preaching wisdom literature. My daughter and her husband gave me a copy of Douglas Sean O’Donnell’s The Beginning and End of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. The title and subtitle are long but the book … More The Beginning and End of Wisdom