Darryl Dash writes the two questions that have to be answered in sermon preparation: What’s the central idea? and What are the sticking points? The first question identifies what the Scripture is saying to the congregation. The second anticipates how different congregations may have varied reactions to that message. The preacher has to have a …

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One thing that drives me crazy are sermons that contain a whole bunch of ‘do’ statements without grounding the imperatives in the ‘done’ of the Gospel. This article from Michael Kruger on just how closely any mention of moral imperative in Christian teaching and preaching should be accompanied by Gospel presentation tweaks a few of …

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Peter Adam continues a series of articles, this time identifying preaching as being the natural place where the Bible is corporately opened and applied to God’s people. If God speaks to his people as a group, why attempt to individualise the focus of applications? It’s not so much that there’s something in the text for …

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When I was undertaking studies in Bible, theology and preaching the work of scholars like Kenneth Bailey were nothing short of revolutionary. Bailey observed the structures of texts, allusions to contemporary sources, and the cultural distinctives that readers in later generations would not ordinarily perceive. Though now dead, his works live on. Here’s a section …

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Michael Kruger examines an episode in early church history as a demonstration of how the church applied its understanding of Scripture in response to those who claimed further revelation. An excerpt: …the history of the church (not to mention the Scriptures themselves) demonstrates that such claims of private, direct revelation are highly problematic. Of course, …

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