Tim Keller on What Makes a Sermon Bad, Good, or Great

The elders at my church recently gave each of us pastors a copy of Tim Keller’s Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism. I’m just one chapter in, but it promises to be fantastic (no surprise there). Early on, Keller describes the difference between bad, good, and great sermons: “The difference between a bad sermon and […]

My Top 12 Quotes from Tim Keller’s “Center Church”

I read Tim Keller’s Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City toward the end of 2012, and found it extremely formative in regard to philosophy of ministry. Out of my 132 Kindle highlights, here are my top 12. 1. On the inescapability of contextualization If we never deliberately think through ways to rightly contextualize […]

The Subtle Difference Between a Success Mindset and a Fruitfulness Mindset in Ministry

Do you aim at success or fruitfulness in your ministry? It’s often hard to tell the difference because they look so similar on the outside. One way to tell which side you’re on is to analyze the questions you ask – either in your own mind, or of others – after a church function. Here […]

5 Ways to Imitate John Stott: Tim Keller’s Message at Stott’s Memorial Service

It is always inspiring to hear stories of a life lived well for God’s glory and kingdom. I had the privilege to attend John Stott’s memorial service last week. His was very much one of those lives. Tim Keller gave the sermon for the service from Hebrews 13:7, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to […]

How to Preach Like Tim Keller Without Sounding Like Him

It’s not usually a good idea to reject D.A. Carson’s advice. At The Gospel Coalition’s National Conference this past April, Carson said, “Young pastors shouldn’t try to imitate Keller’s preaching. If you do, you’ll sound like a twit.” In case you’re wondering what a twit is, Urban Dictionary says it’s the kind of person that […]

5 Resources to Check Out to Improve Your Application in Your Sermons

A reader emailed me last week with a question about doing application in sermons. I bet many preachers have the same question as Glenn (published with his permission): Hi Eric, I read your post about preaching like Mark Driscoll without sounding like him. You mentioned that Driscoll’s applications are very specific, and I’m wondering if you could […]

Get Rid of Inefficient Sermon Prep with Preaching Templates, Part 2

One reason we prepare sermons inefficiently is because we get stuck. Either our mind somehow wanders off, or we lose momentum between steps. That’s why preaching templates help. Its headings focus your attention on the task at hand, gliding you from step to step. The exegesis template focused on figuring out the text. This one guides us […]