If You Question It, Delete It.

“Kill your darlings.” – William Faulkner. There is an editor inside you. He doesn’t always give you answers, but he often, as you reread, highlights something. It’s the sentence that keeps catching your eye – the one you keep questioning. It’s the point you’re just not sure about. Of course, your inner editor is passive […]

Why Must Paul Preach With Clarity?

“At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:4 How can Paul say he “ought” to […]

Why Aren’t the Reformed Wise?

One reason is our refusal to look at the situation we’re in. Again, citing the sufficiency/power/what-you-like, we often proudly refuse to lift a finger to help the lost, preach with clarity, strategize for mission, or otherwise do anything to shake ourselves out of traditionalism or passivity. We downplay “techniques” and “strategies” for the contemporary situation […]

No More Channel-Flipping Sermons.

Sermons should not feel like channel flipping. One text here, one text there, one text over there. Citing 20 verses in a sermon does not an expositional sermon make. Just the opposite. If it’s narrative, it should feel like a story. If it’s dialectical, it should feel like an argument. If it’s poetic, it should […]

Spend Less Time Preparing.

You need to spend less time pouring over your sermon. Yes, get the text down. Put it in your blood, your soul. Memorize it. Read it over and again. Get a few commentaries. Be critical of them. But when it comes down to it, the actual sermon prep shouldn’t take more than 4-6 hours. Maybe […]

Your Best Sermons are Your Least Favorite.

The sermons I’ve liked least, congregants have liked most. Why? Because what I value as a preacher is often at odds with what congregants value. For me, I value: Excellence. Fluidity. Choice Words and Phrases. Consistency: nothing deviates from my plan or point. No stuttering, no wandering, nothing unpredictable or unexpected. But the congregation often […]

Scribblepreach Awards 08.13.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18″ – $1.99. Heard good things, can’t wait to dig in! Apologetics: An Essential Key to Understanding the NT Canon – Michael Kruger, balanced as ever, showing […]

Aristotle’s Simple Secret to Effective Communication.

In this week’s 6-minute video, you’ll learn: Why most “brilliant” communicators won’t attract an audience. How to avoid two extremes of ineffective communication. How great communicators keep things both clear and interesting. Aristotle’s simple tool that ensures you have a perfect communication style. (If you’re an e-mail subscriber, click here to view the video). If you […]