Preacher’s Toolkit: How Long Should It Take Me to Prepare a Sermon?

Dave Harvey | September 29, 2016

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This is an easier question to ask than answer. It’s tempting to reply with the time-honored standard of “15 hours” and move merrily on our way. But sermon preparation, expository or otherwise, defies simple calculations. It blends both science and art, and is ignited by the exhilaratingly unpredictable combustion of God’s active presence.

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