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Helm“David Helm has written the most helpful, concise, and useful book on expository preaching I have ever read.”
–Matt Chandler

David Helm. Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today. 9Marks. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. 38-page PDF sample.

7 excerpts: Continue Reading…

McDill

Speakers and writers often say something like this: “My sermon has three points” or “I’d like to share four things.”

This book taught me not to do that:

Wayne McDill. 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching. 2nd ed. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2006.

I took my first homiletics courses in college in the 1999–2000 school year, and the first edition of this book was one of my main textbooks.

That book has served me well over the last fifteen years. It taught me to use language precisely. Continue Reading…

preachingThis book releases on October 31:

Jason C. Meyer. Preaching: A Biblical Theology. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 368 pp.

Jason recently replaced John Piper as the pastor for preaching and vision for Bethlehem Baptist Church, where my wife and I are members. I’m thrilled that our preaching pastor believes and practices what he writes in this book. Continue Reading…

From an interview of John MacArthur on “expository leadership” (watch from 11:45 to 12:35):

The money quote:

It’s very easy to be hard to understand. It only requires that you not know what you’re talking about. And if you don’t know what you’re talking about, nobody else will either.

It’s very hard to be crystal-clear because in order to be crystal-clear you have to have mastered the text. Continue Reading…

One of the few framed items in my office

One of the few framed items in my office

The pattern of Ezra 7:10:

  1. Study the word.
  2. Practice the word.
  3. Teach the word. Continue Reading…

savingGary Millar and Phil Campbell, Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake  (Kingsford NSW, Australia: Matthias Media, 2013), 50–61:

  1. The more you say, the less people will remember. . . . “Biscuits and sermons are improved by shortening”. . . .
  2. Make the ‘big idea’ shape everything you say. . . . That’s one of the best reasons to preach from a full script—you get to edit before you speak. . . . [From p. 64: "[I]t’s easier for your listeners to catch a baseball than a handful of sand.”] Continue Reading…

savingGary Millar and Phil Campbell, Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake  (Kingsford NSW, Australia: Matthias Media, 2013), 40–41:

Expository preaching:

  1. does justice to the biblical material which makes it clear that God works through his word to change people’s lives—as it ‘uncages the lion’ and allows God’s word to speak. Continue Reading…