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The Homiletical Cart and the Hermeneutical Horse

Preaching what God said is profitable.

The Homiletical Cart and the Hermeneutical Horse

It's as ironic as it is frightening—a biblical text that preachers are suitably familiar with, as well as celebrate, is also one they are tempted to butcher weekly. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Two words in this sentence are particularly significant, yet often ignored. What would happen if we took out the two words "by God"? It's merely two words. However, it changes the foundation of its assertion. No faithful preacher would deliberately exclude these two words, but often (maybe more than often) the preacher is lured to separate them from the rest of the sentence, as a butcher would separate the meat from the fat.

The application temptation

Why would any preacher be tempted this way? In a word, application. When application is the chief objective of the sermon, over ...

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June 12, 2017  1:43pm

This one hit home - as I often see preachers neglecting application. He shares that application is important, but only AFTER you get the intent of the passage correct

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