What Is Good Preaching? Seven Theses

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“Christian preaching is always and only biblical preaching. The sermon’s content, shape, style, tone, and impact are derived from the biblical text. Disciples know that the power of God’s word to achieve its purposes is not in doubt (Heb 4:12).” - Common Good

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Four Reasons to Preach the Psalms as a Book

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“The Psalms are unique, for while they are God’s Word to us, they also are man’s words to God. The mindset of the people who wrote them teaches us something about the reality of our world” - 9 Marks

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Four Benefits of Inviting Evaluation of Your Preaching

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“most church members aren’t listening so that they can offer critiques but so that they can be edified. For this I am grateful! Yet also, most members are hesitant to voice negative feelings about preaching.” - 9 Marks

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The Missing Gospel at Funeral Services

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“He briefly mentioned Jesus, faith, and baptism but never explained why Jesus was so important. He missed a tremendous opportunity to give the gospel to over 400 people.” - P&D

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Pastors oppose sports betting but often not actively

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“Despite its legalization across many states, U.S. Protestant pastors remain opposed to sports gambling, but they’re not doing much about it…. (13 percent) favor legalizing sports betting nationwide and most (55 percent) say the practice is morally wrong.” - BPNews

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Evangelistic Expository Preaching

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“Much has been written on evangelistic preaching. And much has been written on expositional preaching. Often, though, we tend to think of the two as mutually exclusive, rather than as normally inseparable.” - Mark Dever

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Evangelism Without an Altar Call

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“Let me start by recognizing that those who give altar calls do so because they sincerely desire for people to be saved… . Altar calls remain popular today and are increasingly accompanied by an invitation to be baptized immediately.” - 9 Marks

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The Political Sermons We Need in 2024

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“How do we ‘fear not’ during such fearful times? How do we not let the ‘sun go down’ on our political anger?… How do we love those we fear or hate?…How do we love those who fear or hate us?” - Providence

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The Danger of Being a Sermon Critic

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“It is better far to listen receptively than to listen critically, to search diligently for every strength while quickly overlooking every weakness… to listen as a broken person than one who is convinced he is already complete” - Challies

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