Sermon Development

Sermon Development
Beyond Illustrations

Most preachers have learned the lesson well: showing is crucial to telling. We are not the first [...]

Sermon Development
Keeping the Word Central

A friend of mine often jokes that he likes to read the biblical text because it sheds [...]

Sermon Development
Yearning for a Word

Reading sermons has never been very inspiring to me, and many of my pastoral colleagues agree. So [...]

Sermon Development
Writing for the Ear, Part 3

Preachers are usually so close to the sermon that they do not notice gaps in [...]

Sermon Development
Writing for the Ear, Part 2

Once you have a sermon draft, you can begin to tweak various elements. It is [...]

Sermon Development
Writing for the Ear, Part 1

Preaching is an oral/aural event. And yet, preachers often prepare sermons as they would write [...]

Sermon Development
Building Sermons that Build the Church Part 2

Week after week, the preacher has the privilege of shaping [...]

Sermon Development
Building Sermons that Build the Church Part 1

“For the first five years of ministry, it felt like [...]

Sermon Development
Using Commentaries Effectively and Faithfully

Commentaries play an important role in the preacher’s exegetical work. [...]

Sermon Development
Sermons Form around Verbal Landmarks: Ideas and Images Created by Our Words

In this essay, I want [...]