All of us who dare to stand up and explain the Bible are teachers in progress. We all have ways we can get better.

Recently I got to sit down with Mark Meynell, who, in his role as director of Europe and the Caribbean for Langham Preaching, spends most of his time traveling to different parts of the world to help teachers and preachers get better at handling the Bible. According to Meynell, Bible teachers all over the world lament the same thing—a lack of time to do the kind of study they want. But he tells teachers, “You make time for what you think is important.” Meynell says that the marks of really good Bible teaching include faithfulness to the text, relevance to the audience, and clarity in delivery. Our discussion included tips on how to discover the tics that make it hard for our audience to listen, how (and how not) to incorporate passages outside our main text into our talks, and how John Stott modeled what it looks like to be a lifelong learner.

Meynell is the author of numerous books, including What Angels Long to Read (Langham Preaching Resources, 2017), When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend (InterVarsity Press, 2018) and his most recent, Colossians and Philemon for You (Good Book, 2018). He blogs at markmeynell.net.