Donald Sunukjian is Homiletics Chair and Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.
An interview with Don Sunukjian
Could something "more important" prevent people from obeying God's truth?
A clear manuscript is a far cry from a clear message to the hearer
Because of God’s infinite and intricate knowledge, we can be confident in our trust in him.
We must have the eyes of a doctor, not the eyes of a judge.
Some of the advice Sunukjian gives: Use the same key phrases all the way through the message; In transitions, use a rhetorical question; If the sub points are a progression, develop them deductively.
Helping hearers find themselves in the biblical text, letting them see where the truth fits into their lives. Knowledge is not the goal of preaching, but the halfway point. Rummage through the lives of your listeners to find a picture of how the text can be best understood.
Scripture readings within the sermon should be given with a deductive synopsis. Generally sermons should be inductive to sustain attention.