Public Preaching

Two False Assumptions to Leave Behind When You Preach

Brandon Preaching

I realize that we pastors are going way beyond motivational speaking in our sermons. We are sharing the gospel and leading people to the cross. But we are still speakers and communicators nonetheless, and our effectiveness and influence depend on our understanding something about the nature of speaking. Seth Godin, a marketing guru with much to teach the church, wrote …

Sermon Preparation

One More Way to Outline a Sermon

Brandon Preaching

Adrian Rogers outd sermons using four phrases: Hey You! (Get the audience’s attention) Lo! (Examine the Scriptures) See! (Explain the passage) Do! (Make application) Andy Stanley is famous for one-point preaching, but really breaks his messages into five movements: Me (How do I struggle with this?) We (How do we all struggle with this?) God (What does the Bible say …

Pharisees and Jesus

5 Ways to Preach Like a Pharisee

Brandon Preaching

Many of the Pharisees were probably great teachers and skilled speakers. I’m sure many were charismatic, skilled communicators. But by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, the Pharisees, on the whole, were killing the culture around them spiritually. Jesus had a lot of work to do just to unwire people from the performance-driven, legalistic trap of pharisaism. I’ve been …