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Share Scars Not Wounds

Knowing how much to share of ourselves is a challenge for preachers.  Some tend toward over-sharing, others veer the opposite way.  When we share nothing we can give the impression that our lives are perfect, or that we don’t care about listeners because we treat them as recipients of our education efforts rather than the richer fullness of our preaching. 403 more words

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Subtlety - A Key in First-Person Preaching?

Recently I enjoyed a first-person sermon from a student in class.  He preached as an observer of Jesus’ healing the paralytic in Mark 2.  What he did well made me think about effective first-person preaching.  430 more words

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Illustration Variation

Be careful that you don’t get stuck in a rut with your illustration material.  Here are some favourites that preachers sometimes find themselves repeating:

1. Sports… 249 more words

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Sermon Planning Strategy

As you plan your message you have some critical strategy decisions to make.  Let’s consider a couple of them:

  1. Where will you make the relevance of the message show?
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The Power of an Applicational Phrase

It seems like a lot of people want to hear practical and applicable teaching.  This is understandable. If the alternative is impractical and irrelevant messages then by all means sign me up for the former option.  307 more words

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Mishandling Old Testament Quotes in Preaching

Yesterday we saw three big mistakes that are common in explaining OT material in the NT (click here to go there).  Here are some more to ponder: 307 more words

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Handling Old Testament Quotes in Preaching - Part 3

So far we have thought about the need to read the Old Testament and to go back to study the source of a quotation. We looked at a specific example… 467 more words

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