Expositional Preaching

| December 10, 2014

David Helm. Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014. 128 pp. $14.99.

Preaching is, in a number of ways, a bit like driving. In our early days we are conscious of the serious responsibility of making sure we do it well: lives are at stake. We are conscientious in sticking to the rules we have been taught.

But over time bad habits can begin to form, often subconsciously. We find that we need to do things a little more quickly than the rules allow (we justify this as being more efficient). We are less conscious of the responsibility we carry, and more conscious of just needing to arrive at our destination. We might have the occasional near miss. But even this we can assume was their fault. The truth only really dawns if we’re pulled over by the police. There is no mistaking it; we have now officially become sloppy drivers.

Inasmuch as this can be true of preaching as well as driving, it’s vital for us to realize where we’ve become sloppy or blasé in our preparation. This might happen through a thoughtful colleague or church member who gives us feedback. Or it…

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