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How to Evaluate Your Preaching

Haddon Robinson is Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and senior editor of PreachingToday.com. He also is radio teacher on "Discover the Word," and author of Biblical Preaching (Baker). Paul Borden is executive minister of Growing Healthy Churches and author of Direct Hit.

Preaching to the Whole Person

Every sermon should contain teaching, but we must preach and not teach. Preaching involves the communication of conviction and not just content. We want to address the mind and stimulate the emotions, but people must choose to exercise their will in order to be changed.

John Guest is pastor of Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and speaker for the John Guest Evangelistic Association.

The Nod of Recognition

Preachers face the temptation of going after things that are new and different, in this workshop that is part one of two, Craddock makes a case for the importance of beginning with the old story.

Fred B. Craddock is Bandy distinguished professor of preaching and New Testament emeritus at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and author of Preaching (Abingdon Press).

Sermon Forums

Don't ride the same horse in every race, vary your sermon structure. Some sermons are teaching, others persuading, encouraging, inspiring, or correcting. The structure of the sermon must be congenial to the text.

Fred B. Craddock is Bandy distinguished professor of preaching and New Testament emeritus at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and author of Preaching (Abingdon Press).

Extending the Evangelistic Invitation

We need to learn to say "come to Christ" in a way that people will respond. Bell describes four main thoughts regarding invitations: the powerful mandate given to us, some practical methods employed, popular misunderstandings, and the prayerful manner we ought to have while extending an invitation.

Ralph Bell served as an associate evangelist with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is author of Soul Free.

Preparing a Sermon

Warren Wiersbe is a writer and speaker. He is author of many books, including Preaching and Teaching with Imagination (Baker). He served as pastor of Moody Church in Chicago and was the distinguished professor of preaching at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in Michigan.

Illustrations

Robinson talks about the need for illustrations to be convincing and absent of factual errors. There must be interest value and an avoidance of what is trite and used. Illustrations must never be read and contain only the essential details.

Haddon Robinson was a preacher and teacher of preachers all over the world. His last teaching position was as the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Interview: Preaching to Children

The first thing is to get their attention and avoid abstractions. Stories, movement and participation are key. Myra discusses three aspects of a good children's sermon.

Harold Myra served as president and CEO of Christianity Today International. He is co-author of The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham (Zondervan).

Questions and Answers on Preaching

Joke telling has a high possibility of failure, but humor has a definite place in sermons. Humor is a display of freedom and a clear indication of the grace of God.

Fred B. Craddock is Bandy distinguished professor of preaching and New Testament emeritus at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and author of Preaching (Abingdon Press).

Five 'Birddogging' Questions for Biblical Exposition

In this workshop Palmer looks at the textual work that precedes writing a sermon. He identifies five types of questions, technical, historical, content-theological, contemporary and discipleship, for you to ask as you explore a text.

Earl Palmer is a writer and speaker for Earl Palmer Ministries, and author of Mastering the New Testament: 1, 2, 3 John and Revelation (W Publishing Group).

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