Money Talks For Preachers

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Stewardship Sermons We've been looking at how to talk about money in this series of blog posts.  Here's a link to the first in this series.  Today we will look at some ways to approach preaching on this sticky subject of money under the theme…

How to Conclude Your Sermon

How to conclude your sermon We've looked for several posts now at how to conclude your sermon well.   This is the last post in the series, a conclusion to conclusions.  We've seen a variety of ways to end a message effectively, from going…

Try This Kind of Conclusion

Try This Kind of Conclusion In this post I'm going to continue reflecting on conclusions, a subject we started a couple of posts ago.  I'm going to give you some examples and encourage you to try this kind of conclusion in each case. End…

Listening To The Listeners

Listening to Listeners Haddon Robinson taught preaching for many years at Denver Theological Seminary.  The title for this post is the title of  one of the chapters in his book, Making a Difference in Preaching.  Listening to listeners…

Notes or No Notes Preaching

Notes or No Notes? Are you a notes or no notes preacher?  That’s the question for today’s post.  In the last post we saw that it is helpful to have a map, or outline for your message. Now the question is how you lead people…

Create a Map

Creating a map In the last post we saw that one of the most effective ways of creating a sermon is to pick one point, one major idea that you are going to bring to people in a memorable way. …

It's About Jesus

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In my last post, I listed three goals, or destinations for your sermon: to get knowledge into your hearers' heads, to get Christ-like living into their hearts, and to inspire them in difficult times.…

Know Where You Are Going

The last three posts have had to do with the introduction to a message. Now we turn to the body of the sermon. One of the secrets to having a successful sermon is to know where you are going with your message.…

An Intriguing Question Makes a Good Introduction

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We are considering how to "hook" people with good introductions to our messages. We've seen so far that a story will accomplish that. So will a shocking statement. Today we are exploring the fact that an intriguing…

Communication of Truth Through Personality

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The title of this post is a famous quote by Phillips Brooks, a well-known preacher from the middle 19th century in the United States. It was in a series of lectures at Yale University that he gave this definition of preaching: Preaching is,…