Preacher, Feeling Good is Overrated

“Feeling good is overrated.” Those were the words of a sports psychologist speaking to a group of athletes. He was explaining that focusing on feeling good to perform well is problematic for any athlete. Occasionally,

By |November 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

A Sermon Without Christ is a Horrible Thing—C.H. Spurgeon

David Prince shares some excerpts from a C.H. Spurgeon sermon on the horror of preaching a sermon without Christ.

By |September 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Recovering the Evangelical Pulpit: Hearing Christ

I have the privilege to teach preaching on the seminary level and often lecture on preaching to a variety of pastors at conferences. One of the things I've noticed is, that no matter how high

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Preacher, Stop Talking about God

Is preaching merely talking about God or there something more? Dr. David Prince helps us see that preaching is participating in God's own preaching.

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

The Preaching of the Risen Christ: The Apostles and Us

Apostolic preaching is the application of what Jesus taught his apostles about preaching. Willem VanGemeren writes, “First, the sermons and speeches show that the preaching of the apostles is in continuity with the teaching of Jesus” (The Progress of Redemption, 369).  Richard Longenecker explains, “What these preachers were conscious of, however, was interpreting the Scriptures from a christocentric perspective, in conformity with the exegetical teaching and example of Jesus, and along christological lines” (Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period, 86-87). Their Christocentric, Kingdom-focused model of expository preaching was not novel or arbitrary it was modeled for them and taught to them by the master teacher. Gerald Bray writes, Whereas the Jews continued to explore and extend the law as a means of achieving righteousness, as well as separation from the rest of the world, Christians found themselves forced, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to break down the old barriers and preach God’s free gift of forgiveness in Jesus Christ to all people everywhere. Without Christ, so radical a change of direction would hardly have been conceivable. He not only sent his followers off in a new direction, but changed their whole way of reading the Scriptures. This was apparent immediately, and it is highly significant that it was the nature of their expository preaching which first alerted the Jews to the radical message of both Jesus and his disciples . . . In all probability, the first Christians looked on every part of the Scripture as Christological” (Creeds, Councils and Christ: Did the Early Christians Misrepresent Jesus?, 50-51). The very last verse in the book of Acts reminds us of how the gospel had marched from Jerusalem to Rome through the powerful apostolic preaching of the Kingdom of Christ when it tells us that Paul was “preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered” (Acts 28:31).

By |July 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Every Sermon Should be On a Gospel Errand

After preaching for over 20 years and teaching preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for close to 10 years, I have observed that many sermons fall flat because they lack a cohesive unity of design and thought. Many preaching students think of preaching simply as providing biblical information, which often leads many preachers to conceive of their sermon notes as their sermon. I spend a great deal of time convincing my preaching students that sermons are an oral event. Sermon notes and outlines are not sermons; rightly understood, they are merely tools to aid the preacher in oral proclamation. The sermon is what is said and not what is written. Envisioning preaching as simply stating aloud the resulting information of one’s exegetical study is a hindrance to an effective sermon. Where preaching is thought to be simply a transfer of information, the importance of face-to-face personal proclamation is devalued. Preaching is not simply the repetition of the biblical testimony or a summary of a portion of Scripture, but rather, it is the persuasive proclamation of Christ-centered biblical truth to a particular group of people in their concrete historical situation. Information-dump type sermons usually contain a great deal of true information, but it is presented in a disconnected and abstract fashion. There is often little awareness in sermons that the biblical narrative is a story and the biblical preaching text is a story within the larger gospel story.

By |February 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Where Does Preaching Fit Into the Life of the Church?

Recently, David Prince sat down with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to talk preaching. With Pastor Jeremy Haskins moderating the discussion, Drs. Prince and Moore discussed

By |November 4th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Video|Tags: , , |

How Should Pastors Deal with Politics in the Pulpit?

Recently, David Prince sat down with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to talk preaching. With Pastor Jeremy Haskins moderating the discussion, Drs. Prince and Moore discussed

By |October 17th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Media, Video|Tags: , , , |

The Importance of Canonical Sensus Plenior for Expository Preaching

The Scripture is the Word of God (Luke 11:28, Heb 4:12). This simple declaration implies the Bible is not only a collection of sixty-six distinct books but also is, in a very real sense, one

By |September 25th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Billy Graham at Southern Seminary on Sermons & Sermon Prep

Thanks to David Attebury one of my excellent Southern Seminary preaching students for sending me to this amazing video of Billy Graham teaching at the SBTS First Congress of Evangelism on December 3, 1982. In

By |June 20th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Video|Tags: , , , |