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The Bible Doesn’t All Sound The Same, So Why Do Your Sermons?

It’s possible to be tied to the biblical text in your preaching and yet miss the voice and tone of the text, the specific shape of the genre God employed to get His message across. If you’re like me, you have a rhythm and method for sermon preparation and, at times, that method can start dictating how you preach rather than the text itself.

Steven Smith’s new book, Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture is a lifeline for preachers who want to grow in their ability to preach the various genres of Scripture effectively. It rescues “biblical exposition” from becoming merely a style, and it shows how to substantively engage the way God delivered His message — not just what He said, but how He said it. This is a resource I will consult frequently.

I’ve asked Steven to join me on the blog for a conversation about how to shape our sermons like Scripture. Dr. Smith is the vice president of Student Services and Communications and professor of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Trevin Wax: Steven, your book opens with a concern that “expository preaching” has become a referent for “a tired, formulaic preaching template,” a style of structuring sermons that leads pastors to preach according to their template rather than preach the text. What has caused this problem? And why is it harmful?

Steven Smith: The root of the problem, in me at least, is that I begin to fall in love with sermons more than falling in love the Word. So now, exposition means using a certain template, …

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“Outsider Status Coded Into Your Spiritual DNA” — A Conversation with Thomas Kidd and Barry Hankins

Baptists have generally been at their best when they have adopted a prophetic stance against the powers that be.

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The Blind Spots That Hinder Our Christian Witness

The challenge of trusting Christ to reveal our own weaknesses as we see the strengths of others.

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Christians Redirecting Cultural Realities Toward Christ

Every dimension of society and culture is ripe with potential for Christians to reshape and redirect it toward Christ. We do this as a matter of witness and obedience.

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Paul’s Letter to the Romans Set to Music

Imagine Paul’s most famous letter set to music in a way that lyrically mines the depth of this letter’s theology, and through music that helps you experience the flow of Paul’s thought.

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Apologetics, Cultural Liturgies, and Our Postmodern Age

Nancy Pearcey gives guidelines for practicing biblical discernment with any set of ideas, identifying what they get right and where they go wrong.

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Can Your Congregation Answer the Questions of a Post-Christian Society?

Christians are often stymied because they simply don’t know how to apply biblical truth to all of life. As a result, they are continually in retreat before competing ideas.

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Helping Believers Be “Firmly Planted”

Discipleship bridges the chasm between the pulpit and the pews and expects believers to take ownership of their faith, some for the first time.

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Reawakening Wonder at the King of Glory

Why do we lose our wonder when we read the Bible? And how (and why) should we get this back?

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Why Mike Wittmer Thinks You Should Be a Worldly Saint

“Worldly Saints” may seem like an oxymoron, but it’s the perfect title for what God calls Christians to be.

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