Preacher’s Toolkit: How Long Should My Sermons Be?

Hershael York | July 22, 2016

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How long, O Lord?

That lament echoes through the Psalms, appears in Habakkuk, recurs in Revelation—and pervades the meandering minds of parishioners obliged to suffer the pastor’s preaching past the point of effectiveness. Expressions of pain and bewilderment is hardly the response a pastor hopes for when delivering his sermon after a week’s worth of preparation.

How Long Is Too Long?

How long should a sermon be? As a preaching professor and a pastor, I’ve asked and been asked that question…

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