Simply Plain

"The preacher should toil after this property of style, as he would toil after virtue itself. He should constantly strive, first of all, to exhibit his thoughts plainly. Whether he shall add force to plainness, and beauty to force, are matters to be considered afterwards. Let him in the first place begin at the beginning, and do the first thing" (Shedd, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, p. 67). … [Read more...]

A Plain as a Punch

"There is prodigious power in this plainness of presentation. It is the power of actual contact. A plain writer, or speaker, makes the truth and the mind impinge upon each other. When the style is plain, the mind of the hearer experiences the sensation of being touched; and this sensation is always impressive, for a man starts when he is touched" (Shedd, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, p. 64). … [Read more...]

All In

"The oration, in this view, is not so much a product of the man, as it is the man himself, -- an embodiment of all his faculties and all his processes . . . The sermon is designed to produce an effect upon human character; and this, not upon its mere superficies, but its inmost principles . . . [it] aims at the whole nature of man" (Shedd, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, p. 47). … [Read more...]

Itself a Fine Example of Contextualization

"The trouble is that too many of us push exegesis back in our preparation, and we clothe the message in a short red dress of contextualization by focusing on culture and our ability to connect with it. It's like we want to spin her out away from us in exciting circles, showing off her long legs and high heels" (Helm,  Expositional Preaching, pp. 40-41). … [Read more...]