Have You Transferred Yet?

October 30, 2012

Have you transferred across to the new Unashamed Workman blog? We are no longer posting here, but across at www.unashamedworkman.org. The site is for pastors and all those who want to listen well to the Word of God.

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  • We have a new team of contributors writing fresh articles every week.
  • We have Workman’s Toolbox entries that link preachers to relevant material all over the web.
  • We have new answers to our ten questions for expositors series.
  • We have the same old commitment to encouraging expository preaching.




May 17, 2012

Great article at the new Unashamed Workman website: “This might sting.”

“The sermon became our baby and we made it through the delivery!  And now someone is about to tell us that our baby is ugly, or that our baby did something wrong. ” (Tim Bridges)




Another Article At The New Blog

May 16, 2012

20 Ways To Outline A Sermon


Unashamed Workman Has Moved

May 14, 2012

Unashamed Workman has moved and relaunched. Find the new website here and update your Google Readers to www.unashamedworkman.org

The first new post: “So What’s New?”

The first new article: “God’s Word, My Voice.”


Next Week

May 10, 2012


Unashamed Workman Relaunch

April 25, 2012


I wanted to announce that after a six month hiatus, Unashamed Workman will soon be relaunching.

The emphasis on preaching will certainly continue. But we will be moving to a multiple author format on a brand new website.

This should enhance the blog in terms of the frequency, quality and breadth of content. 

Stay tuned. Keep preaching.



October 26, 2011

Apparently there have been some advertisements appearing at the bottom of Unashamed Workman blog posts.

A kind brother informed me of this by email, and explained that WordPress have now started adding these adverts to the bottom of every blog post (usually a You Tube video). Annoyingly, I have been unable to see these myself because I am constantly ‘logged in’ to WordPress.

So I apologise if any unhelpful advertisements have appeared at the bottom of posts. This has not been of my own making.

I will have to consider whether to continue using the WordPress platform (and pay up for the privelege of a “no adds” option). Perhaps I may find another host altogether. In either case, I may not be posting for a little while.

Your fellow servant in the gospel,

Colin Adams


ps. I apologise if this blogpost also comes with an advertisement!

















Common Sermon Mistakes

October 22, 2011

David Murray talks about 10 common preaching mistakes:

1. Cramming

2. Skimming

3. Floating

4. Proof-texting

5. Quoting

6. Lecturing

7. Assuming

8. Confusing

9. Spraying

10. Complicating


If God were mute, then so would the preacher be.

October 17, 2011

But God has spoken.


Preaching About Preaching

October 17, 2011

Recently I preached about preaching. The sermon looked at the foundational basis of preaching (God achieves his purposes through His Word), the role of the preacher, and how the congregation should listen to sermons.

The outline was:

  1. The Lord Speaks
  2. The Preacher Proclaims
  3. The Church Hears

Here is the audio: “Preaching.”


Tchividjian’s Preaching Notes

October 14, 2011

Via Josh Harris, here are Tullian Tchividjian’s preaching notes. For some strange reason, I’m interested in this sort of thing!

Single spaced, A4, almost word for word, with the odd scribbled note – in case you’re wondering…


Eby, Power Preaching, and Real Growth (pt 3)

October 8, 2011

A few Eby quotes on prayer and preaching:

“Prayer is God’s road to teach a pastor to depend on God’s power.”

“What is Satan’s attitude towards a church with great programs, a finely tuned organisation, a wonderful facility and staff, but with little or no prayer? What is Satan’s attitude toward a well-trained, well-educated preacher who prays perfunctorily and little? Satan laughs with a big, belly laugh.”

“Your preaching can’t possibly triumph without prayer.”

“It is the deep conviction of the hopelessness of your task, and the helplessness of your preaching that will spur you on to prayer.”

And from others:

“No amount of gift or diligence in the ministry can compensate for the loss of the influence of prayer.” (Iain Murray)

“…without prayer the God of our studies will be the unfrightening and uninspiring God of insipid academic gamesmanship.” (John Piper)

“…he preacheth not heartily to his people, that prayeth not earnestly for them.” (Richard Baxter)

“If his sermon is based on prayer in the making of it, if he rises from his knees to go to the pulpit, a power goes with the sermon that opens the way to the hearts of men.” (Edgar Whitaker Work)

All quotes are takne from David Eby: Power Preaching for Church Growth.