49 episodes

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.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6, 30 Ratings

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.

    Bringing Listeners into the Bible Scene

    Bringing Listeners into the Bible Scene

    What are people seeing in their mind's eye as you preach? Ideally, you want them to see Jesus, or how God is at work among his people. In this episode, Matt Woodley and Kevin Miller outline three ways to bring listeners into the Bible scene: point people to the picture, not to the page; bring people into the present moment; and help them hear the actors, not the author. You'll also get a backstage pass to "stump the hosts," where they put preaching methods to the test.

    • 28 min
    Preaching Principles from the Book of Hebrews

    Preaching Principles from the Book of Hebrews

    You’re called to be a faithful and effective communicator of God’s Word. But what exactly are the core principles of a “biblical sermon”? In this episode, Matt Woodley talks to Jeremy McKeen, author of "The Model Sermon: Principles of Preaching from the Book of Hebrews."

    It turns out that God did include a blueprint to guide us within the canon of Scripture—the Book of Hebrews. The Model Sermon will not only help you master the major preaching principles found in Hebrews—itself a sermon—but also offers practical steps to immediately apply each to your preaching.

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    • 21 min
    A Dialogue on Racism and Justice

    A Dialogue on Racism and Justice

    How do you address racial issues at the pulpit? Maybe this question is weighing on you heavily, in light of current events. In this episode, Matt Woodley interviews Lawrence Aker III, Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York and George E. Hurtt, Pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California. Based on their own life experience, George and Lawrence assess what change might look like on a practical level. They talk about the Civil Rights movement, the Great Migration, and the emergence of soul food.

    Check out what was referenced on the podcast:

    A lecture entitled "Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective – Tim Keller" given on August, 2017. https://youtu.be/EhJJcTKTVGo

    Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
    "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

    Galatians 6:10 (ESV)
    "So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."

    Luke 10:29-31 (ESV)
    "But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side."

    • 48 min
    Spiritual Warfare in Preaching

    Spiritual Warfare in Preaching

    Spiritual warfare is no stranger to preachers. In this episode, Matt Woodley and Kevin Miller explore how spiritual attack manifests itself, and how you can overcome it. They share stories of spiritual attacks in their own pastoral ministry, and how God overpowered the darkness with light. One tell tale sign of an attack is feeling crippling anxiety, or self-doubt. Kevin said "spiritual warfare is the battle between what Satan wants for my life, and what God wants."

    Check out what was referenced on the podcast:

    James 3:14 (ESV)
    “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.”

    I Peter 5:8 (ESV)
    "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."

    • 21 min
    Say What You Need to Say

    Say What You Need to Say

    Have you ever felt like you said too much, or too little in your sermon? In this episode, Matt Woodley and Kevin Miller will help you “say what you need to say,” nothing more and nothing less. Every part of your sermon counts, especially introductions and conclusions. Matt shares the challenge of balancing humor, while pointing people to Christ. For a sermon to be a home run, you need to trust your hearers – that they are really listening to you.

    • 12 min
    Is the Big Idea Dead? Former Navy Chaplain Decides

    Is the Big Idea Dead? Former Navy Chaplain Decides

    Is big idea preaching a good idea? Maybe this question is plaguing you, or your colleagues in ministry. In this episode, Matt Woodley asks Russell St. John, senior pastor at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church in Missouri to weigh in. Haddon Robinson popularized the big idea, as he aided in the revival of expository preaching in the late twentieth century. Russell emphasized the importance of knowing your own inadequacy as a preacher, and relying on the Holy Spirit.

    He defined the big idea as “a succinct statement of the teaching and the application of the text together.” You can achieve this by asking two questions in sermon prep: What is the author talking about? What is the author saying about what’s he’s talking about? The big idea should be biblical and faithful to the text, but catchy enough to grab people’s attention. Listen to this episode to find out if big idea preaching is right for you.

    • 18 min

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Loved this podcast!

Where did these guys go? I really wish they would come back. I loved listening to this podcast every week. It got me back into podcast. Bring this show back.

Field753 ,

CT editorial decision

I have to agree with others. Binding the conscience of others who have a different political perspective is a shame.

Makes one question all CT and PT content.

Podcast is how to not share political views in sermons.

Field357 ,

CT editorial decision

I understand questioning the presidents moral actions.... But to say that a Christian has a moral obligation to support the specifics of this impeachment process is troubling.

Need to read Martin Luthers “Two Kingdoms.”

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