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what’s your one sermon – rhett snell

I’d been an associate pastor for nearly 5 years, and I was on the cusp of heading off to be the sole pastor of a church. The thing I was most excited about was getting to preach more regularly, to finally be let loose to plan out a preaching year myself. Just before I left, […]

should we be using greek and hebrew in our sermons? – jonathan robinson

Teacher of preaching Paul Windsor, founder of this blog, is remembered by many of his students as opining, “Your knowledge of Hebrew and Greek should be like your underwear, important for support but shouldn’t be shown off in public!” It is a pithy adage and I think an important warning to two types of preachers, […]

what i learned from preaching on job – andrew lim

Expounding Job is admittedly intimidating. The book defies easy understanding. The author utilises a spectrum of literary genres, similes and metaphors. The book contains such philosophical and theological perplexities as human suffering and the apparent malevolent ways of a benevolent God. Further, interpreting the many speeches of Job’s friends demands that the preacher sniff out […]

engaging the text in preaching – mark keown

In my experience in the church and with fresh students to Laidlaw College, in the main, Christians today are not engaging sufficiently with the text of Scripture. So, I consider one of my primary tasks as a preacher today is to get them to do so; at least for the 20-30 minutes I have opportunity […]

driven, focused and centred – reuben munn

This year has solidified for me three simple but central convictions about preaching. I’ve carried these convictions around for a while, and they have been said many times by many people, but they have become more clearly and firmly pressed on my heart in the course of preaching through Exodus this year. For me, good […]

(h)anna the faithful prophetess – sarah harris

Lately I’ve been considering the story of (H)Anna (Luke 2:36-38). Hannah is one of the first eschatological prophetesses of which Joel prophesied and who prefigures the disciples who will witness to Jesus after the resurrection. She is an intriguing woman; lived seven years as a married woman (literally, after her virginity) and a staggering eighty-four […]

is it wrong to preach on tithing? – jonathan robinson

In my experience and discussion with other pastors in Auckland there are two types of churches in the city, those who treat tithing in a legalistic or pagan (read, prosperity gospel) way and those who avoid the subject for fear of being associated with the first kind. Especially among some ethnic minority churches, but also […]

can every preacher preach every passage? – sarah harris

I am currently writing an article on the bleeding women story from Luke’s Gospel and it has got me thinking about whether a man can really preach this passage and do the story justice. In the last two years I have lived the story of the bleeding woman – woman can probably imagine what that […]

the wonderful world of logos – mark keown

I am not a salesman for Logos Software, but it has changed my life. You see, I am a bibliophiliac, I am in love with the Bible. I am a lecturer in New Testament (NT) because of this. When I became a disciple of Jesus at age 24, inspired by Open Air Campaign (OAC) evangelists […]

preaching Jesus in every sermon – andy shudall

How do I preach Jesus from this passage? How can I bring Him clearly into it without forcing Him in? Must I always get to Jesus? In talking through and training others in preaching from the Old Testament these are the questions most often posed. The starting point is wrong. The foundational assumptions underlying such […]