1. Whatever happened to things not liked? Can there be such a thing anymore? Does the desire to have a sermon “liked” factor into the craft of preaching?
  2. A solid structure, a lively skeleton, inarguably makes your messages more life-giving. They will be clearer, more interesting, and easier both to follow and to remember.
  3. Behind the preacher stands Christ Jesus. Preachers listen to Jesus so that, in turn, they may preach Him, and their congregations may hear the voice of the Good Shepherd from the mouths of their pastors.
  4. Sin affects body and soul, right down to the core of our humanity. It calls for a drastic cure, for extreme measures.
  5. But what God’s people want and need more than a perfect sermon, or even necessarily a polished one, is a true one.
  6. The outward sins we do all begin with Sin hidden in our hearts. But we cannot see that, it has to be revealed to us by a spiritual scan, an MRI from above.
  7. The ancients had a process for preparing to give a speech that has come down to us as the so-called “canons” (or stages) of rhetoric, which continues to be useful for orators of all kinds, not least preachers.
  8. Jesus is taking the Law and setting it forth in such a way that we get a good look at what is going on in us.
  9. As we celebrate Advent and Christmas, we flex the muscles of a new season, a new year, a new life which His resurrection and our baptisms have bestowed upon us.
  10. A little time spent with this book might well prompt your imagination and stimulate meditation on the story of Christmas.
  11. “What’s the play about?” Imogene asked. “It’s about Jesus,” I said. “Everything here is,” she muttered.
  12. The Magnificat invites us to enter into, consider, and embrace the worldview of a teenaged Jewish girl and her geriatric aunt: The one bearing the prophet Elijah which was to come and the other carrying within her womb the God whom she and her nation worshipped and feared.

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