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#118: Preparing to Preach [PODCAST]

November 16, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicating to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, I want to talk to you about preparing to preach. A passion to preach without the discipline to study is a desire to perform. Preparing to preach is hard work. Preaching is the fun part. Preparing is the hard part. Faithful preachers do the hard work of diligent preparation. How do you prepare to preach? Preparing yourself. First and foremost, prepare yourself to preach. This begins by affirming your call to preach. Ministry is a calling you receive, not a...
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#117: Preaching as Leadership [PODCAST]

November 9, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. The faithful preacher should live as a preacher (1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 2:15). The faithful preacher should labor as a preacher, giving himself to the hard work of biblical research and sermon preparation. The faithful preacher should also lead as a preacher. There is no biblical dichotomy between the pastor as a preacher and the pastor as a leader. The pastor-teacher's primary work is to preach the word (2 Timothy 4:1-2). His leadership should flow out of his preaching, not compete with...
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#110: “Say It!” with Eric C. Redmond [PODCAST]

July 7, 2020
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  In this episode of the podcast, I have the joy of talking preaching with Eric C. Redmond. Redmond is a Teaching-Pastor at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park (IL), an associate professor at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the general editor of the new book on preaching, entitled, Say It! Celebrating Expository Preaching in the African American Tradition. There is a wonderful heritage of faithful preaching in the Black church. That great heritage is carried on by a great cloud of contemporary...
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#109: On Preaching Series with Ray Pritchard [PODCAST]

June 30, 2020
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  Pastors are busy. We have lives. We have families. We have churches. With all of our personal and ministerial responsibilities, Sundays keep coming with unrelenting regularity. How do you remain fresh and faithful in the pulpit over the long haul? In this episode, I talk to Ray Pritchard of Keep Believing Ministries about preaching and, more specifically, preaching sermon series. Ray is a longtime pastor, prolific authority, and dynamic preacher. His sermons are clear, compelling, and convicting. Busy preachers will mind many...
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#108: On Preaching Jonah with Anthony J. Carter [PODCAST]

June 22, 2020
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  I have been preaching through the book of Jonah at my church. During my studies, I have been helped and edified by the book Running From Mercy, by Anthony J. Carter. I reached out to Pastor Carter and he graciously agreed to join me for a conversation about preaching the book of Jonah. Anthony Carter is the founding pastor of East Point Church in East Point, GA, where he has served since 2008. A graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Carter is...
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#107: Marks of a Good Sermon [PODCAST]

June 9, 2020
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  There are some sermons you can listen to. There are some sermons you cannot listen to. And there are some sermons you must listen to. What's the difference? Every preacher should strive to preach compelling sermons. This has nothing to do with how people respond to the message. Ultimately, that is in the Lord's hands. However, as much as it depends on us, we can strive to preach good sermons that demand a hearing and demand a verdict for Christ. What are...
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#106: Preaching as a Pastoral Candidate [PODCAST]

May 26, 2020
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  Memorial Day Weekend 2020 marked twelve years since I preached my first sermon to the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. Originally, I was only scheduled to fill the pulpit that Sunday. Before I arrived, however, I was asked to be presented as a pastoral candidate. I do not think the church leaders expected anything to come of this. Neither did I. Three months later, I was called to be the new pastor of the Jacksonville congregation. Here are ten lessons - good and...
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Pray Without Ceasing

May 21, 2020
  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 All Christians in all places at all times are to be joyful, prayerful, and thankful. The verbs are normal. The adverbs are radical: Always. Without ceasing. In all circumstances. The three exhortations stand together. To rejoice always is to pray without ceasing. To pray without ceasing is to give thanks in all circumstances. Yet each exhortation stands alone. What does it mean to pray without ceasing? Pray constantly. To pray without ceasing is...
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#105: Some of My Favorite Books on Preaching [PODCAST]

May 18, 2020
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  There are several ways to become a better preacher. First, you become a better preacher by preaching. LIkewise, you become a better preacher by listening to good preaching. Thirdly, you learn to preach by studying preaching. Leaders are readers. Specifically, preachers should regularly read books on preaching, as a part of your reading plan. There are classic books on preaching every preacher should read. Then there are many good books that should be added to your library and read for growth. Here...
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#104: Restarting Your Public Ministry [PODCAST]

May 4, 2020
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. As discussions about loosening shut-down restrictions are in full swing, there are two big questions each pastor and church must answer: When will you restart in-person worship services? How will you restart in-person worship services? It would not be wise for me to make any specific comment about when you should restart your public ministry. But I would like to offer some advice about how you restart. Here are three principles to practice as you establish a restart plan for your local church....
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#103: Preaching Themes During a Pandemic [PODCAST]

April 27, 2020
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. I plan out an annual preaching plan each year, this year included. According to the plan, I should be preaching through the Gospel of Mark right now. Then COVID-19 happened. I do not think the pulpit should be reactionary. But there are times circumstances call on up to abandon our preaching plan. This is one of those times! What should guide your preaching and teaching through the Coronavirus pandemic? Here are ten preaching themes for preaching during a pandemic: Preach big God...
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#102: Helpful Hints for Preaching Online [PODCAST]

April 6, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. We are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The general consensus is that social-distancing is essential to slowing down the spread of the Coronavirus. Most of us are in places where we have been ordered to do so. Many churches have chosen to suspend everything during this period, which is understandable. Others have chosen to stream messages or record them to play online. This is what our congregation has done. It seems this will be the way it is for weeks to...