In an interview, Peter Adam reveals (at the 12 minute mark) that he spends half of his time working on the text and half of his time praying for the people who will hear the sermon.
Preaching is not a performance, but ministry (16 minute mark). Therefore, we should pray.
Similar to sermon starters, book overviews are helpful in preaching/teaching:
In addition to prayerful working with a text and reading helpful commentaries, sometimes short expositions of a text – with an aim toward preaching or teaching it – are helpful just to get an angle or idea for communicating a text.
Thus, here are a few “sermon starters”:
- The Text This Week – “This site features a wide variety of resources for study and liturgy based on the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary cycle.”
- Sermon Starters – Short commentary on the lectionary reading
- 5 Minutes of Bible Exposition – Audio podcast
- Working Preacher – “[H]ere to inspire better preaching by offering timely, compelling, and trustworthy content for working preachers”
- Look at the Book with John Piper – “Look at the Book is an online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John Piper’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections, and scribble notes — all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself. His goal is to help you not only see what he sees, but where he sees it and how he found it.”
Ken Fong recommended the book Made to Stick. Checking out the downloadable resources now.
Looks like it could be very helpful for those who communicate.
Given the plethora of commentaries in English, how is one to evaluate which are worth his or her time? Here are some resources which might help:
- Old Testament Commentary Survey / New Testament Commentary Survey – These books review commentaries to help you decide. (Here is a review of the NTCS to give you a flavor of what is included.)
- BestCommentaries.com – A dynamic site which sorts through a wide variety of commentaries.
- Two commentary resources from Ligonier Ministries: One / Two
- Links for expository preaching – Currently on NT, but many good resources!
We just completed our series through the book of Judges. Although biased, I enjoyed both retelling the accounts and framing each account within the overarching narrative of the Bible (read: Biblical Theology).
Here are few helpful resources:
Tomorrow we start our YouPick sermon series. From mid-December 2008 to mid-January 2009 all were invited to submit and rate questions on our website. The top four questions would then form the basis for the four sermons in February 2009.
This concept is not original. 🙂
Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill did something similar one year ago:
So did Southeast Christian Church [swag here].
Special thanks to Fivestar module for helping make this happen!
You can follow along here.