Archive for January, 2010


Expanding Preparation

January 29, 2010

I’m preaching twice on Sunday, but one sermon has been previously prepared.

You would think that sermon prep should take much less time with one, rather than two, sermons. But what I’ve found is that preparation for sermons expands to fill the time.

It’s a strange phenomenon. On weeks when I’m preparing less, I take almost as long to prepare.

Am I the only one?



January 26, 2010

Kevin De Young has a great IDEA for preachers.


Thabiti on Commentaries

January 26, 2010

Thabiti Anyabwile gives some helpful insight into his use of commentaries:

1. If I spend 16 hours on a sermon, I would guess that on average 12 of those hours are spent in the text itself and working on my first draft of the sermon.

2. When I turn to commentaries, I turn to exegetical commentaries first. I do use them as “Bible study partners” to check my handling and understanding of the text.

3. I really enjoy the Baker Exegetical Commentary Series and the Pillar New Testament Commentary Series. I’ve found helpful volumes in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament.

4. I don’t often consult one-volume commentaries. Henry is about the only one I’ll dip into occasionally, though I own a couple others.

5. After I’ve spent my time in the text and written a draft, I first consult exegetical commentaries. Then I’ll normally do any re-writing or re-thinking I need to do. I do also like to read one or two expositional commentaries. I enjoy seeing how others handle the same passages. Among my favorites to read the night before are Boice and Lloyd-Jones.


Two Thought Provoking Sermons on Mission

January 18, 2010

Really, really insightful preaching from Ian Parry yesterday:

Ian is the pastor of The Bay Church in Cardiff, Wales.


9 Marks, 1 Month

January 14, 2010

Don’t forget the 9Marks Conferences. One month from now.

Ballymena and Edinburgh.


Are You A Gospel Maniac?

January 14, 2010

“Have you ever been accused of madness in your preaching? Jesus was (John 10:20), and so were the apostles (2 Corinthians 5:13). Its not unusual for a gospel preacher to be accused of madness…Paul was a gospel maniac [Acts 26:24]. He was captivated by God’s Word. He was a Psalm 1 man of the Book. He was ‘insane’ about Christ and the cross and the resurrection… Preaching today is so often passive, apathetic, impotent, soft, spineless and lame. It lacks fervour, heat and heart. It is passionless. What can turn preaching around? What can restore fire-breathing, white-hot power preaching in our day? The answer is quite simple. Preachers must become gospel maniacs. Preachers must become captivated and re-captivated by the Lord Jesus Christ and the gospel. No intoxication for the gospel, no mania for the good news means no fire.”

(David Eby, Power Preaching for Church Growth, p48)


No Preaching, No Church Growth

January 12, 2010

Recently, I heard a venerable lover of Christian books wax-lyrical about “a must read book for any preacher.” That book was by David Eby: “Power Preaching for Church Growth.” I bought it yesterday. What I have read so far is pulsating. In the next post or two, a few quotes to whet your appetite:

According to the New Testament, and particularly the book of Acts, we cannot have church growth without preaching. There we discover that preaching is no side issue. Rather, the ministry of the Word is the main weapon in the spiritual arsenal, the only seed for church planting, the primary tool for church building, and the principal strategy in God’s plan to disciple the nations. No preaching, no church. No proclamation, no church growth. Preaching is the heart, the blood, the whole circulatory system of the life of the church.  (p 11)