• Application in preaching

    J.I. [...]

  • Approaching the Gospels

    The Gospels are about Jesus - his coming, his earthly ministry, his cross and ...

  • Be a better tour guide

    Moving into a large city can be a confusing experience.  Having a reliable ...

  • Calvin: nine preaching engagements

    Peter Adam is Principal of Ridley Theological College in Melbourne, Australia.  ...

  • Caution: Bible stories at work!

    When we read a narrative from the Old Testament, we want to honour it as God's ...

  • Christ is Isaac…Jacob…Joseph…

    Tim Keller, in his recent book, Preaching: Communicating Faith in a Sceptical ...

  • Christmas is coming, preacher

    Peter Mead suggests some starting points from which the creatively-challenged ...

  • Communicating conviction

    Kevin Miller asks:- Four factors are at work here:- The personality factor. ...

  • Connecting with postmoderns

    According to Robertson McQuilkin, there are some elements of postmodernism ...

  • Contact!

    In a book first published in 1920, Herman Harrell Horne writes: 'It is essential ...

  • Doctrine and application

    'Doctrine is but the drawing of the bow.  Application is the hitting of the ...

  • Don’t keep it (too) simple, stupid

    I came across the following:- We, as Christians, tend to complicate our faith.  ...

  • Gladstone clever, or Disraeli clever?

    The following story was recounted by Princess Marie Louise, grand-daughter ...

  • Hearing the word with profit

    Another Puritan nugget on the subject of, well, hearing the word with profit:- ...

  • Heroes and villains

    In his book Jesus on Every Page (54-59), David Murray discusses the pitfalls ...

  • How (not) to preach a Christmas sermon

    At Christmas, fact and fiction, truth and legend, are mixed so thoroughly that ...

  • How about preaching a Bible overview?

    We all agree (don't we?) that it's great to have a bird's eye view of the Bible ...

  • How the apostles communicated the gospel

    In his book Tell the World (Evangelical Press, 1981), Eric Wright sets out ...

  • How to end a sermon

    I'm probably not the only preacher who sometimes finds it difficult to know ...

  • How to read a story

    No, this isn't advice for parents reading The Chronicles of Narnia to their ...

  • Humour: no laughing matter?

    Laughter has not always been prized as a wholly positive phenomenon.  In the ...

  • In praise of Powerpoint, v2

    Almost exactly six years ago, I wrote a post discussing the use of presentation ...

  • In the mood

    John Carrick, in his recent book The Imperative of Preaching, urges the preacher ...

  • Make ’em laugh?

    Peter Mead has a short post on pulpit humour.  What follows is based on his ...

  • Of the preaching of the word

    I here reproduce the wise words of the Westminster Directory for the Public ...

  • On preaching the theology of Tom Wright

    Chris Tilling has a high regard for the writings of Tom Wright.  It is of ...

  • Preach love, as well as truth

    Tim Keller: Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism, pp.159-160. ...

  • Preach only the gospel?

    Should we preach only the gospel?  Whatever the starting-point of the sermon, ...

  • Preach reality, as well as truth

    Timothy Keller: Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism, pp.169-170. ...

  • Preachers and their preaching 1 – John Calvin

    I plan, in this series of posts, to explore different approaches to preaching ...

  • Preachers and their preaching 2 – C.H. Spurgeon

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) is widely regarded as the ‘Prince of ...

  • Preachers and their preaching 4 – D.M. Lloyd-Jones

    Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was one of the most influential British preachers ...

  • Preaching assessment criteria

    Ian Paul presents the following assessment criteria:-

  • Preaching Christ from every theme of the Bible

    How can we preach Christ from all the Scriptures?  Tim Keller outlines how ...

  • Preaching Christ from the Old Testament

    How can we preach Christ from the Old Testament?  Sydney Greidanus outlines ...

  • Preaching the Minor Prophets

    Alison Lo notes that the Minor Prophets resonate strongly with our contemporary ...

  • Preaching to the ‘fuzzy faithful’

    Randal Pelton quotes from Linda A. Mercandante's 2014 book, 'Belief Without ...

  • Preaching: ‘truth through personality’?

    Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) famously defined preaching as 'the bringing of ...

  • Preaching. Discuss.

    Some discussion starters for preachers. Do we agree on what preaching is (and ...

  • Puritan preaching priorities

    In a recent article reprinted in The Banner of Truth, Johann Odendaal sets ...

  • Seven marks of false teachers

    Summarising this post by Tim Challies:- False teachers are man pleasers.  ...

  • Spurgeon on ‘the faculty of impromptu speech’

    This was the subject of one of C.H. Spurgeon's Lectures to My Students.  All ...

  • Teach like Jesus

    Jesus is rightly regarded as a master-teacher.  But what would it mean for ...

  • Ten principles for interpreting narratives

    The following 'ten commandments' will help keep the preacher on the straight ...

  • That’s not what I call preaching 4

    I wanted to check a few details about Philip Pullman's book, 'The Good Man ...

  • That’s not what I call preaching 1

    Solomon's Porch, Minneapolis, is a well-known 'emergent' church, and Tony Jones ...

  • That’s not what I call preaching 2

    Willow Creek Community Church is one of the largest and most influential churches ...

  • That’s not what I call preaching 3

    Joel Osteen is senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.  He preaches ...

  • The ‘perfect preacher’?

    Tim Keller, in his recent book, Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of ...

  • The 500 word manuscript

    I've written previously about the dangers and pitfalls of preaching from a ...

  • The art of sermon application

    Ask any preacher what they think is the weakest part of their sermon, and ask ...

  • The teacher

    When, recently, I was asked to give a very short account of the role of the ...

  • Three levels of sermon application

    In his book Teaching Acts David Cook writes about three kinds, or levels, ...

  • What difference does it make?

    I am sure that many of us lament the fact that the thoughts, attitudes and ...

  • Who am I preaching to?

    John Stott called it 'double listening', urging that the preacher must exegete, ...

  • Why has the credibility of preaching declined?

    J.I. [...]

  • Why preachers cannot ignore the New Perspective on Paul

    To talk of a ‘New Perspective on Paul’ (NPP) is to imply that there is ...