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#119: Ideas for Your 2021 Preaching Plan

November 25, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, I want to offer you several ideas to consider as you plan your preaching calendar for 2021. Pastors are busy people. Sermon preparation is hard work. Preaching through COVID-19 is burdensome. The new year is a golden opportunity. Effective preachers are good stewards of their limited time. One way to be a steward of your opportunities to prepare and preach is to have a sermon plan. It may be a few a month or the entire year. You may do...
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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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#101: On Preaching with Bryan Samms

January 8, 2020
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preaching you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this first 2020 episode of the podcast, I interview Bryan Samms, Pastor of the River City Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has served since 2016. A former youth pastor and professor of preaching, Samms is a faithful and clear preacher of the gospel. During our conversation, he shares parts of his ministry journey, his philosophy of ministry, and his process of sermon preparation. Enjoy! Did you find this conversation helpful? Join the conversation in the comments section.  Recommended...
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#100: Who is Your Preaching Hero? [PODCAST]

December 10, 2019
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  Preachers learn to preach three ways: (1) Preachers learn to preach by studying preaching. (2) Preachers learn to preach by preaching. (3) Preachers learn to preach from other preachers. Every preacher needs homiletical heroes to learn from. In this episode, we will discuss the learning to preach by listening to and learning from other preachers. What should you look for in selecting a preaching hero? Real Preaching Heroes Personal Preaching Heroes Multiple Preaching Heroes Sound Preaching Heroes Dead Preaching Heroes Diverse Preaching Heroes Godly...
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#099: Documents in My Study Files [PODCASTS]

December 2, 2019
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better When you study a text to preach or teach for the first time, you should do a good job and take good notes. You should read widely, record diligently, and reflect prayerfully on every text you study to preach. I personally make a study file for each sermon text I study. In my study files, I keep the following documents... Scripture Document Observations Notes Context & Background Commentary Sermon Ideas Sermon Outlines Sermon Skeleton Application Grid Photocopies What study notes do you keep...
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#098: Benefits of Preaching Sermon Series [PODCAST]

November 25, 2019
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. Many preachers do not ever preach sermon series. Some have never tried. Some have tried and did not like the outcome. Some do not preach series for philosophical reasons. There are reasons for not preaching sermon series. But there are more and better reasons for preaching sermon series. Here are ten benefits of preaching sermon series... It relieves pressure. It saves time. It prioritizes discipleship. It provides direction. It maintains balance. It builds momentum. It encourages invites. It inspires creativity. It facilitates teamwork....
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#097: What to Include in Your Preaching Plan [PODCAST]

November 11, 2019
By H.B. Charles Jr.
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. I am a proponent of having a preaching calendar. Pastors are busy. We need to spend the time we have to prepare in actual preparation, rather than looking for something to preach. A preaching plan helps the pastor develop a healthy and balanced diet of God's word for the congregation. And a preaching calendar can be a tool with which you shepherd the worship life of the church. What should you include in your preaching plan?    Bible Books Thematic Series Christian...
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#096: Evaluating Your Sermons [PODCAST]

October 28, 2019
By H.B. Charles Jr.
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  So, how did it go this Sunday?  This is the instinctive question preachers ask one another on the other side of Sunday. Answers may address church attendance, the offering, and service elements. But it eventually gets down to the sermon. How did the sermon go? We are prone to get this self-evaluation of our sermons wrong. We think it went better than it actually did. Or we think it went worse than it actually did. Here are five objective but spiritual principles for evaluating your...
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#095: Marks of a Good Sermon Outline [PODCAST]

October 12, 2019
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, I want to talk to you about marks of good sermon outlines. Some preachers disregard the structure of the sermon.  Others are more concerned with the outline than anything else. Both extremes are wrong. Sermon outlines should serve the preacher, the text, and the congregation. Here are practical tips to help develop effective sermon outlines... Remember who the sermon outline is for. Let the text shape the outline. The outline serves the text. Support the main idea of the sermon....
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#094: Preaching on Giving [PODCAST]

October 6, 2019
By H.B. Charles Jr.
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, we will talk about preaching on giving. Some preachers preach about giving every week, no matter the text. Others never preach about giving. Both are unhealthy extremes. To feed your congregation a healthy and well-balanced diet of the word, you must teach your people what scripture teaches about financial stewardship. Here are seven tips for preaching on giving... Do not apologize for preaching on giving. Preach stewardship as discipleship. Preach on giving at set times. Don’t just preach on giving....
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#093: How Long Should It Take to Prepare a Sermon? [PODCAST]

September 27, 2019
By H.B. Charles Jr.
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  In this episode, I want to talk to you about how long it should take to prepare a sermon. Some pastors spend their entire week in sermon preparation. This cannot be a good thing. If you spend all week in sermon preparation, you are neglecting other important pastoral duties. Others spend virtually no time in preparation, cramming on Saturday night to find something to say on Sunday morning. How long should it take to prepare a sermon?  Time to pray. Time to...
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#092: Practical Shepherding with Brian Croft [PODCAST]

September 21, 2019
By H.B. Charles Jr.
  Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.  In this episode, I interview Brian Croft. Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church and Founder of Practical Shepherding. He is also the Senior Fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has written or contributed to over twenty books on pastoral ministry. He is married to Cara, and they have four children. I am most encouraged these days by men who have a high view of the church. I am especially encouraged by...