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How Ligon Duncan Prepares to Preach

PreachingToday.com: Tell us about your sermon preparation process.

Ligon Duncan: Before I begin planning a sermon, I look at the book of the Bible and break it into pericopes. Those pericopes change from time to time, though, depending upon how much I'm trying to bite off in the course of an exposition.

My sermon preparation process entails reading the text multiple times in different English versions, but my nose is in the original text from the very beginning. I use BibleWorks™ from start to finish (with its wonderful tools, lexicons, morphology resources, and so on), checking the Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic background to the text (looking for words and phrases that are especially important to the biblical author). I prefer an essentially literal English translation, but even with that aid, I want to make sure that I'm paying attention to the vocabulary and word order of the original, so that I don't allow the English to drive my understanding and exposition in an unhelpful (and inaccurate) ...

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TIM PLATT

May 23, 2007  1:29pm

helpful! Thanks, Tim

John Saldanha

April 23, 2007  4:40pm

What do you mean by this - "We should never look outside of the passage for something that will make the sermon especially attractive and compelling to the people—the Word of God itself is compelling and attractive to those who are regenerate." Please explain. My email ID - John_saldanha@yahoo.com

Duncan McDonald

April 14, 2007  10:09am

THe challenge of preaching is supreme and yet I wonder how many preachers work this hard at the task. Woe to us. I think the church is starving for the word of Gdd.

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