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If It's Not How-To, It's Not Preaching (pt. 2)

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This is part two of a three-part series. In part one, Ferguson and Smith discussed a healthy definition of how-to preaching and the place for this style in their pulpits.

Let's talk about advantages and disadvantages, the "why" of how-to preaching.

Dave Ferguson: The advantages, to me, feel like part of our calling. I feel like a message has to be a challenge, and the challenge is to move people along on this Jesus mission.

Colin Smith: In speaking to folks who like myself are committed to expository preaching, I come across a number, particularly of younger guys, who are so committed to preaching Bible and to the expository method that what they're doing is expository but it's barely preaching. They're teaching Bible. They're giving a collage of biblical information.

And so the big positive that I would want to take from how-to preaching is, there is something to be learned about connecting with the people who are listening, and not simply thinking about imparting information. Preaching ...

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