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Archive for the ‘Homiletics’ Category

Preaching From the Poets

January 28, 2014

It is interesting to compare the sermons and speeches that are found within the book of Acts. Throughout the book the apostles and others speak to two different groups of people. Sometimes a sermon will be delivered in front of a Jewish audience, but other times the audience is comprised of Gentiles. The Christians who […]

Relying on a Routine

January 13, 2014

Preaching is a creative process. A preacher spends each week in the Biblical text and then creates a sermon based on and inspired by the text of Scripture. Good preachers are creative. They understand Scripture, but they also understand how to convey Scripture to people setting in the pews. They understand how to apply Scripture […]

A Woman’s Point of View

August 5, 2013

On any given Sunday the preacher stands before the congregation and delivers a sermon to a mixed audience of both males and females. In many congregations, females outnumber males. It is important that preachers understand the makeup of the congregation they are a part of. Who is the congregation? What is their background? What ethnicities […]

Musings

June 21, 2013

Worship Music Maureen Mullarkey has some interesting thoughts on worship music and instruments. Check out Chords and Discord Sermon Length Tim Spivey has a great post this week on how long a minister should preach. He says, Please don’t shorten your sermons for searchers sake. They are searching. That’s why they are there. Don’t shorten […]

Keys to Writing a Good Sermon

March 6, 2013

There is an art to preaching. The preacher has the task of taking an ancient text and creating a message that is relevant to a modern audience. This is not an easy thing to do. It is not good enough to stand in front of the people of God, read a passage, and then proclaim […]

The Preacher as Artist

November 27, 2012

What model of preaching should be adopted by ministers? Many have been suggested and I suspect there are positives and negatives to each, but let me suggest a model that would benefit all preachers and every sermon. The preacher as an artist is a model I believe every minister should adopt. An artist is someone who […]

Tips for Creative Preaching

April 9, 2012

Know the Text – The text of scripture you are preaching on should be your main inspiration. You cannot create a relevant message for your congregation if you do not know the text. Live in the text. Be inspired by the text. The best sermons are not the ones that simply repeat the text and […]

Steal Like An Artist

April 4, 2012

The best book I’ve read on preaching this year is not a book on homiletics or theology, but a book on creativity by Austin Kleon, entitled Steal Like An Artist. It is not a large book. In fact, it can easily be read in one sitting, but it is a book filled with helpful information. […]

The Sermon as Art

March 19, 2012

What is art? Art is given several definitions in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, including “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination.” According to Dictionary.com art is “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” I would define art as both beauty and truth. […]

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