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The Five Most Common Preaching Mistakes

As the world moves solidly into the technological age, consumers increasingly expect high “production value” in their consumed content. That expectation permeates all aspects of life, including the church, where high-quality, effective preaching is in demand. Homiletics professor Frank A. Thomas of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration and Christian Theological Seminary notes that some people have an “innate gift for the task.” However, “for the rest of us, high-quality and effective preaching can be achieved with and by method.”

In a series of five videos, Thomas explores common preaching preparation and delivery errors and makes suggestions on how to function more powerfully in each area. Topics include sermon structure, effective, transitional endings, proper use of “bad news,” keeping the Gospel front and center, and immersion in Scripture. Each video runs 3 to 4 minutes, and points to a chapter in Thomas’ book, “The Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching.” For more on how to prepare a good sermon, see our feature article, “The Challenges of Writing a Sermon and Tips for Sermon Preparation.”

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