Blog entries tagged Preaching


1. On the Road to North Carolina

October 16, 2020

This Sunday I’m speaking at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC, where my good friend Stephen Davey serves as pastor.  If you are in the area, I hope you will join us for one of the services, or you can watch either service online. I will be staying through Wednesday because I’m part of the […]

2. My Podcast with H.B. Charles, Jr.

July 1, 2020

A few days ago I did an interview with my dear friend, Pastor H. B. Charles Jr. for his “On Preaching” podcast. We had a blast talking about life, the ministry, and preaching during a pandemic. Check it out! PS Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

3. 58 Good Friday/Easter Sermons

March 28, 2015

We’ve put together a page with 58 Good Friday/Easter sermons. Feel free to use this material in any way that may be helpful to you, including sermon preparation or in Bible studies, or simply for your own blessing as we prepare our hearts for Holy Week.

4. How I Preach

December 15, 2014

My friend Dr. Abe Kuruvilla is a “triple doc” (MD plus 2 PhDs) who teaches preaching at Dallas Seminary and who also has an active practice as a dermatologist. He is a gifted author, preacher, and teacher. When I went to see him for a checkup several months ago, he asked me to take part […]

5. My Sermon Prep Idea

September 26, 2014

In my 27 years as a pastor, I am fairly sure that I never came up with any distinctively new approaches to sermonizing. However, somewhere along the way I developed one practice that, as often as I used it, always served me well. Before I describe it, I should say that it rests upon two assumptions.1) You don’t know a ...

6. Cutting It Straight

September 23, 2014

  Dear Praying Friends, We’re in the middle of a busy travel season. Last week while Ray was in Florida teaching James at Word of Life Bible Institute, Marlene was in California visiting Mark and Vanessa and getting some special time with Eli and Penny. On Wednesday Ray flies to Jacksonville, Florida to speak at […]

7. Pinch-Hitting at Maranatha

June 23, 2014

This Monday morning finds us in Chicago, but by tonight Marlene will be in Dallas and I will be in Muskegon, Michigan.

8. Happy Times in Sugar Grove

June 22, 2014

A lot can happen in six years.That’s what I discovered when I preached at Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove, IL.

9. What’s Wrong with the American Church?

May 10, 2014

First, give the Bad News.

10. Preach So the Children Can Understand

May 3, 2014

How to preach 51 Sundays out of the year.

11. My Favorite Books on Preaching

January 9, 2014

A young man going into the ministry asked me about my favorite books on preaching.

12. 47 Christmas Sermons

December 4, 2013

Here are 47 Christmas sermons to help with your message preparation or for your own blessing as we celebrate the Savior’s birth.

13. 40 Years of Free Bible Teaching

November 21, 2013

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14. Like a Bowl of Soup

June 24, 2013

Soup and sermons go down better when shared with friends.

15. “That’s All I’ve Got”

March 16, 2013

If they leave, let them go.

16. Don’t Be a Sermon Stealer!

January 14, 2013

The following note arrived over the weekend:We have discovered that our pastor is preaching sermons directly from your website virtually verbatim. He has been confronted on this issue and doesn’t see it as a problem. How do you feel about this? Let me say right up front that I don’t know who wrote this or who the offending pastor migh...

17. Preacher, Get to the Point!

August 23, 2012

People are easily distracted.Preachers need to remember that.During my years pastoring three different churches, I discovered it was easy to get the attention of people in the congregation, but it was almost impossible to hold that attention for very long. We would announce some great new initiative, and for fifteen minutes it was like the second ...

18. Bad Beginnings

August 21, 2012

How NOT to begin a sermon:"I’m sorry I didn’t have time to prepare.” (Don’t tell us. Let us figure that out on our own.)"I’ve been busy this week.” (Everyone has been busy this week.)"I have 17 points I’d like to share with you.” (Don’t scare us like that.)"I"m sure ...

19. Titles That Tick

August 15, 2012

Recently H. B. Charles Jr. offered some wise counsel about sermon titles. He says that preachers don’t give enough thought to their titles. In this day of extremely short attention spans, a well-thought-out title can be the door that opens the way for a biblical sermon to do its work.Here are three general principles for choosing a good title...

20. The Third Leg

June 29, 2012

I am writing this from our hotel room in Seattle. We arrived here late last night after a longish day that started with me preaching my final message at the MEF conference in Colorado Springs. Later this morning we’ll board a cruise ship for an Alaskan cruise sponsored by Camp Forest Springs in northern Wisconsin. This starts the third l...

21. Two Sermon Libraries Added This Week

June 2, 2012

This week we added two new sermon libraries to our Recommended Resources page.The first is called Discipleship Library that I believe has been compiled by the Navigators. It contains a fantastic assortment of messages preached over the last 60 years by many of the greatest Bible teachers. As they point out, Messages presented by many outstandi...

22. Pastor, Don’t Be Stupid!

May 8, 2012

A few days ago I received a message alerting me that a certain pastor (whom I do not know) has been preaching my sermons word for word on Sunday morning. And he does so without attribution.To make matters worse, he posts the audio files online.Let me start by saying that I am a friend and supporter of preachers everywhere. I post my sermons precise…

23. 44 New Year’s Day Sermons

December 26, 2011

Since January 1 is the first Sunday of 2012, we have put together a web page with 44 New Year’s Day sermons. Please feel free to use this material in any way that you like. Use it, amend it, change it, improve it, and make it your own. Perhaps you’ll get some good ideas for a sermon. Or you may want to use it for your own devot...

24. Five Reasons to Preach the Whole Book of Daniel

November 18, 2011

This morning I finish teaching the book of Daniel to the students at Word of Life Bible Institute in Hudson, Florida. Since this is my fourth year to teach this one-week course, I’ve gotten a bit of rhythm in my teaching. Each year we start off strong with the story of Daniel and his friends courteously but firmly refusing to eat the food at ...

25. 25 Sermons for Thanksgiving

November 5, 2011

Thanksgiving is a profoundly Christian holiday in that it focuses us on the God as the true source of all our blessings. As the hymnwriter said, “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.” Here are 21 sermons appropriate for Thanksgiving. You are welco...

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