Preach in a Mild State of Panic

Dan Doriani | October 27, 2016


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Before I preach, I like to go over my sermon five times, so I really know it when I step into the pulpit. I write out a full outline, reduce it to a page, then memorize it before I preach.”

This is a sample of the advice I received when I returned to the pastorate in 2003. I had served as a pastor before—right after grad school—but for 17 years I’d been a professor. I preached frequently in those years, but I knew preaching one or two new sermons weekly would be different.

Preaching as a guest is like having a child. Preaching weekly is like having newborn twins, forever. Most pastors advised me to prepare, then prepare more.

Proposing (Mild) Panic

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