Monday Morning Preacher

Preaching Today

Preaching Today exists to encourage and equip preachers to faithfully and creatively proclaim God's Word so that the church grows up into the fullness of Christ. Monday Morning Preacher is for preachers by preachers. Each episode focuses on one unique aspect of preaching and explores how preachers can grow in their craft. Email the podcast at mmp@preachingtoday.com.
Four Things We Learned About Preaching: Season FinalePreaching With Both of Your Eyes Towards ChristChristmas Preaching and The Loneliness of The Holy FamilyThree Ways to Create Tension in Your SermonMaking the Most of Your Time for Sermon PrepWhy the Ministry of Presence Can Help People in Hard TimesApply Your Sermon with the Help of the Holy SpiritPreaching as a Human Exercise Centered in ChristWhat Preaching Authority Looks Like For You, the PastorHow to Exegete Like the Great Preacher, John StottThe Role of Deliberate Practice in PreachingLong-Time Pastor Argues for the One Point Sermon
How can you provide a clear path for people to hear God’s word? In this episode, Matt Woodley explores that question with co-host Kevin Miller. He’s a rector at Church of the Savior in Wheaton, IL with ten years of preaching experience. Miller makes a case for the one point sermon, citing Haddon Robinson who said “a central unifying idea must be at the heart of an effective sermon” in his book “Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages.” He argues there are too many rabbit trails for listeners to go down, in a three point sermon. C.S. Lewis compared listeners to sheep going down a farm lane saying, “if you leave any gate open on either side, they will dash into that pasture and not go down the lane, where you want them to go.” Here are three reasons why one point sermons can be more effective: 1) The main point is clearer, because there’s less content for people to digest. 2) It’s easier to remember. Miller’s friend conducted a research project where she asked people, after a church service what the sermon was about. He said “What she found was that when her pastor preached a three point sermon, people remembered one point.” 3) People are more likely to take action as a result of a one point sermon. Check out what was referenced on the podcast: Andy Stanley’s book Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication Dave Ferguson’s book The Big Idea: Aligning the Ministries of Your Church through Creative Collaboration Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22 2021
20 mins
The Word Made Flesh: What Preaching Looks Like Amidst Persecution
How can you preach in countries that persecute Christians? In this episode, Matt Woodley explores that question with Venerable Justice Okoronkwo, Director of Missions in the Anglican diocese of Jos, Nigeria. Justice Okoronkwo “Nigeria has been in the news lately for so many things that should make Christians concerned. The global terrorism index placed Nigeria second in the world, in terms of the effects of terrorist insurgency.” He explained that the only country ahead of Nigeria is Afghanistan. Boko Haram, a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria is responsible for approximately twenty five thousand deaths, and more than two million displaced people in Nigeria, according to Justice Okoronkwo. “We’re seeing victims who were raped by insurgents, houses of Christians being destroyed, dead bodies of children that were hacked by machetes, churches that have been burned, and worshipers killed while they were worshiping” said Justice Okoronkwo. People come to him, and want answers for why evil and violence taking place in Nigeria. He points out the dangers of pastors sounding hollow, when they respond to people who are suffering. He said “you can’t understand what’s somebody is going through, until you have sat with him, in his ash.” In light of this, He drew attention to Psalm 73:“Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (Psalm 73:1-3, ESV).” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 7 2021
44 mins
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