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The Place of Pastoral Wisdom in Application (Part 1)

To what extent should sermon application be guided by personal experience, observation, and common sense?

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PreachingToday.com: In a conversation you and I had in the past about sermon application, you used the phrase " pastoral wisdom preaching, " which caught my attention. What do you mean by that?

Timothy Warren: I tell my kids, " Don't play in the street. " That's not based on a text, but it is based on my wisdom and experience. Sometimes we tell our people things that are not necessarily based on a text but are good common sense. Leave the visitors the close parking spaces. If you see somebody that looks confused walking in the door of the church, go up and introduce yourself. Be friendly and invite them in. I could find a text to make that work, but that's common sense. So pastoral wisdom preaching happens all the time. The question is, to what extent can that happen in a sermon?

I believe we can preach with some significant level of authority an application that is not explicitly mentioned in the text. The question is not, Do ...

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