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5 Ways to be a Good Bible City Tour Guide

When you move to a new city it can be very overwhelming.  I remember moving to South London back in the days before my phone knew how to get me to my destination.  I had a huge book of street maps on the passenger seat and I gradually learned to na...
by Biblical Preaching on Jul 4, 2016

Don’t Fight the Wrong Battle

I wonder if sometimes we are fighting the wrong battles in our preaching.  For instance, ponder this quote from John Stott: Many people are rejecting our gospel today not because they perceive it to be false but because they perceive it to be trivia...
by Biblical Preaching on Apr 25, 2016

Legalism and Preaching – part 2

I remember the look on his face. An elder in a church genuinely believed what he said, “we may have problems here, but legalism is not one of them. We certainly don’t have legalism here.”  I couldn’t believe it. You could smell the legalism...
by Biblical Preaching on Mar 15, 2016

Legalism and Preaching – part 2

I remember the look on his face. An elder in a church genuinely believed what he said, “we may have problems here, but legalism is not one of them. We certainly don’t have legalism here.”  I couldn’t believe it. You could smell the legalism...
by Biblical Preaching on Mar 15, 2016

Legalism and Preaching

Legalism is an easy word to throw around, but a challenging term to define. For many of us, legalism seems to refer to whatever restrictions others might feel that I personally do not feel. But defining legalism carefully is vitally important. It is...
by Biblical Preaching on Mar 14, 2016

Preaching Christ Reveals the Father

Too much preaching presents a false division between Father and Son.  That is, the Father can sound like an angry and distant despot who is grudgingly appeased by the Son’s sacrifice on behalf of sinners.  That is exactly wrong. Jesus came no...
by Biblical Preaching on Feb 27, 2016

Mishandling Old Testament Quotes in Preaching

Yesterday we saw three big mistakes that are common in explaining OT material in the NT (click here to go there).  Here are some more to ponder: 4. Obliviousness to New Covenant allusions.  This is a huge problem in Christian preaching today.  Too...
by Biblical Preaching on Feb 23, 2016

Handling Old Testament Quotes in Preaching – Part 3

So far we have thought about the need to read the Old Testament and to go back to study the source of a quotation. We looked at a specific example (Psalm 82:6 in John 10:34).  What do we do when we have limited time in the sermon? 1. Do the study yo...
by Biblical Preaching on Feb 19, 2016

4 Reasons to Handle the Bible Well

Any Christian leader will have opportunity to communicate biblical truth to others. It may be a sermon, or it may be in conversation; it may be to a group of Christians, or it may be an evangelistic setting, but we will all communicate the Bible to o...
by Biblical Preaching on Feb 1, 2016

Big Idea or Big Story? Lessons Both Ways

I studied preaching in the “Big Idea” school of preaching. We were required to read books from the “Christocentric” school of preaching.  In my experience, many preachers in both groups need to learn from one another. The big idea folks tend...
by Biblical Preaching on Jan 18, 2016

Challenge Perspective

Preaching should involve a confrontation between God’s perspective and ours.  That is not to say that our preaching should feel confrontational as a default.  But there is always something deeper going on than we tend to think. We think that...
by Biblical Preaching on Jan 7, 2016

A Fresh Approach

It is very easy to let past sermons influence your next sermon. The way a passage is traditionally handled can easily become the default way we feel it should be handled again. Now there is a positive side to this. If a passage is traditionally handl...
by Biblical Preaching on Jan 4, 2016

2015 Blog Summary

This was an intriguing year for BiblicalPreaching.net – thank you for visiting the site! Let me share some highlights and stats with you. Some of the Series – We began the year with a series of preaching resolutions that stirred some good...
by Biblical Preaching on Dec 31, 2015

Star Wars: Awakening the Force of Reverse Nostalgia in Preaching

Yesterday I wrote about Star Wars and tied one thought into preaching. The critical ingredient in this movie seems to be its use of “nostalgia” – not just familiar score, scenery and action, but especially familiar characters. Almos...
by Biblical Preaching on Dec 22, 2015

Let Christmas Improve Your Preaching

I just wrote a brief devotional post stirred by the quote from Pleased to Dwell in the image. You can click here to go to that post. This quote stirs a preaching thought: How can Christmas improve our preaching? Think about Moses for a moment. Moses...
by Biblical Preaching on Dec 3, 2015

Let Christmas Preaching Point Deeper

Christmas sermons can feel a little bit superficial. Nostalgic Christmas card scenes described with platitudes about peace on earth, etc. If we are not careful, we can miss a great opportunity to preach the gospel to visitors who may only come to chu...
by Biblical Preaching on Dec 2, 2015

Fighting Gravity – part 5

Gravity pulls, and pulls, and pulls. So does the theological gravity that we live in in this world – the Fallen World Gravity (FWG). We have pondered this pervasive force during the last days. Let’s look at one more facet of this ugly gem. 5. The...
by Biblical Preaching on Nov 3, 2015

Fighting Gravity – part 4

We live lives pulled by gravity. Physical gravity keeps on pulling us downwards. We can be a research physicist or a playful toddler. It doesn’t matter, gravity pulls. Fallen World Gravity (FWG) keeps on pulling us too. It pulls us toward a worldvi...
by Biblical Preaching on Nov 2, 2015

Fighting Gravity – part 3

Fallen World Gravity (FWG) is a silent but constant force at work in this world. It does not discriminate between believers and unbelievers. Its insidious influence is persistent and pervasive. Like known “natural laws” it works irrespective of w...
by Biblical Preaching on Oct 30, 2015

Fighting Gravity – part 2

I am pondering the silent but pervasive impact of FWG – Fallen World Gravity.  This force is not only at work in unbelievers, but also believers. Not only do people listening to us preach live typically unaware of its impact on their perspective a...
by Biblical Preaching on Oct 29, 2015


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