Want to Unlock Scripture’s Narratives? Try Focusing on the Dialogue.
Want to Unlock Scripture’s Narratives? Try Focusing on the Dialogue.

Preachers should be eager to present biblical narratives, as they comprise about 40% of the pages of Scripture and are presented in a storytelling form that is universally interesting. They also have the appeal of being less direct—that is, less “preachy”—which appeals to many younger hearers. Narratives, though, are also hard to interpret. They do…

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3 Questions to Ask When Preaching the Bible’s “Boring” Bits
3 Questions to Ask When Preaching the Bible’s “Boring” Bits

Perhaps in your preaching ministry, you have been working your way through a book of the Bible or preaching from a lectionary, and the next passage you come to isn’t as exciting, interesting, or easily applicable as other passages of Scripture. You may not come across these sorts of texts often—but when you do, they…

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Is Preaching an Educational Event or an Act of Praise?
Is Preaching an Educational Event or an Act of Praise?

I was recently asked if preaching is just another way of saying “teaching.” Implicit in this question is a deeper matter pointing to the content, character, and purpose of proclamation in the life and mission of the church. In conversations around this topic, I am often told by others that their church doesn’t have “sermons”…

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Early Sermonary Reviews
Early Sermonary Reviews

After getting funded in only two hours on Kickstarter, we knew we had to get Sermonary in the hands of pastors as soon as possible. On September 12th, we opened up Sermonary Beta to the public. Since then, reviews have started to come in, and we wanted to share a few of them with you….

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Make Pulpit Comedy a Tool, Not a Weapon
Make Pulpit Comedy a Tool, Not a Weapon

Have you heard the joke about the stuttering Bible salesman? (The punchline: He sells so many by asking his clients, “Do you want to buy a Bible, or should I read it to you?”) I have—and it is cringe-worthy. One time, I even heard a preacher tell the joke to open his message. Though there…

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Let’s Be Honest: “Objective” Sermon Prep Doesn’t Exist
Let’s Be Honest: “Objective” Sermon Prep Doesn’t Exist

As a teenager, I once sat through a conference session in which the primary speaker stressed how it was better to be an unrepentant, sin-loving pagan of a person than to be a Christian who waffled back and forth between pursuing holiness and imbibing worldliness. His justification for this stance was the letter to Laodicea…

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Do Five-Dollar Words Make Theology More Meaningful?
Do Five-Dollar Words Make Theology More Meaningful?

Articles on preaching blogs like this one commonly focus on how to develop meaningful content that your parishioners or audience will benefit from learning. Once you have developed theologically sound content, though, you face a different set of choices about how to deliver that content—and one of those choices that often gets overlooked is that…

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How Sermon Manuscripts Guide the Preacher’s Quest for Clarity
How Sermon Manuscripts Guide the Preacher’s Quest for Clarity

In his letter to Timothy, Paul admonishes his young mentee to give his life to “rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15, ESV). There are surely many layers and nuances to what Paul means by this phrase, but one point is clear: this “word of truth” must be read and presented with clarity. Rightly…

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Adapting the Bible’s Ancient Images for the Modern Ear
Adapting the Bible’s Ancient Images for the Modern Ear

There’s something ancient about preaching. As preachers, the centerpiece of our work is a 2000-year-old book. But there’s also something about preaching that’s undeniably contemporary. We lead people marked by 21st-century tensions. The preacher’s task is therefore doubly daunting: Faithfully handle an ancient text, and then teach it in a way that’s accessible to a…

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Coming Soon to Sermonary: Your New Go-to Source for Sermon Writing Wisdom
Coming Soon to Sermonary: Your New Go-to Source for Sermon Writing Wisdom

Sermonary has a simple goal: We want to help preachers write sermons more effectively and efficiently. One way we’re doing this is through our brand new web platform, which we created as a handy resource for sermon construction, delivery, and storage. It’s clean. It’s customizable. It’s intuitive. And it’s designed by preachers, with preachers in…

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What Is Sermonary?
What Is Sermonary?

Sermonary is a revolutionary tool that helps pastors to build their sermons more efficiently. With Sermonary, church leaders can write, present, and store their sermons in a single, dedicated platform. We created a video that helps explain Sermonary’s features in more detail:  

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Battle Against the Blank Page
Battle Against the Blank Page

We’re proud to announce a brand-new tool that will revolutionize sermon construction. Sermonary is a web platform exclusively created to provide an all-encompassing resource for sermon construction, presentation, and storage.

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