22 Rules of Thumb in preaching or communication

Your basic message should contain good news. Start with your audience’s needs. Start with examples your audience will understand. Speak your audience’s language. Never speak about your speech. Use witnesses. Communicate with confidence. Get it right. Do not boast; act with humility. Know when to speak and when to be silent. Be enigmatic. Listen. Ask…

Practice Self-Critique in Preaching

Preach. Put simply, “you learn to preach any preaching” (111) so preach. Study Preaching. A preacher should become a student of preaching, which means read books on preaching, perhaps take a class on preaching and listen to good preachers and ask the question, “what makes them good”? Focus on the message. H. B. says, “it…

Jesus is the true and better Job

I love how Keller shows us throughout the Bible how everything points to Jesus. Let your heart be encouraged! Jesus is the true and better Adam, who passes the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us (1 Cor 15). Jesus is the true and better Abel, who, though innocently slain, has blood that…

You may not have strong public-speaking gifts…

One of the disciplines I’ve committed myself to doing regularly is reading books on preaching. Why? Frankly, I want to become a better preacher. I want to familiarize myself with biblical truth regarding preaching and by God’s grace, see these take root in my preaching. Ultimately, I want to steward the riches of God’s Word…