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The Big Idea: Marry biblical truth and passionate delivery

Make a commitment to exegete the biblical text and to deliver it with freshness and passion.

See theme Based on your knowledge of preaching in the church today, what are two or three big ideas that you'd like to share with our community of preachers?

Hershael York: A couple of things come to my mind. First, I'm passionate about an approach to preaching that marries solid exegesis with passionate delivery. Frankly, I see preachers today erring in one of two directions and rarely finding the balance. That is, some preachers are grounded in the world of the Bible and committed to the text, but when they preach they're dull and lifeless. They put their people to sleep. On the other hand, there are other preachers who are very creative and passionate and effective communicators, but they are not rooted in the biblical text. I'm seeing both of these extremes. We need to have preachers who marry these two things—a commitment to the biblical text and a commitment to passionate, creative delivery.

Unfortunately, I see a lot of students who are almost afraid of any kind of ...

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Jason Whalley

July 24, 2013  11:56am

True. It is important to know what you are talking about when preaching the Word of the LORD. I think it's just as important to put some feeling into your sermons. They don't need to be filled with screaming and other theatrics - in fact, preachers who go too heavy on the theatrics end up being obvious about their showmanship and just leave me feeling patronized and disgusted - but it is vital to say it like you mean it, actually mean it, and feel it. When it comes to sin, Dr. York speaks truly when he says we are all guilty of sin, and that in order to grow spiritually we need to first recognize our sin as the sin that it is. Don't be afraid to get out from behind the podium once in a while, and don't be afraid to look people in the eye when you speak. Mean it, feel it, then say it.

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