There’s a seeming notion that because it’s preaching, we don’t have to be as eloquent or as sharp or as polished, we just have to speak the “good ‘ole truth” of the Word. But why aren’t we as concerned with communicating eternal truths accurately when we’re so consumed with other speaking settings? This and more are topics of discussion on this episode of Ministry Minded, where I had the privilege of sitting down with Collin Coats to talk about the importance of preaching and why it’s vital for preachers to treat their sermons as a craft that must be improved.

The art of preaching is only learned in the practice of it. You get better at delivering sermons by delivering sermons. But somewhere along the line, some pastors get too comfortable with their ability to prepare and deliver messages each week that they don’t take the time to hone their craft. Complacency in preaching is a very precarious state to be in and should be avoided at all costs. Preachers, of all people, ought to be the most eager miners for gospel-truths, never relinquishing their pursuit to get better at their craft. This is what Collin aims to do with his ministry The Craft, a service site that analyzes sermons to help preachers become more effective in sharing and expounding the truth of the gospel.

In this episode, Collin and I sit down and go in-depth on preaching and what makes for a compelling Christ-centered sermon. We also talk about the doctrine of distinguishing law and gospel and its significance for student ministries. If you’re serious about preaching and the craft of delivering sermons, I think you’ll find this show extremely beneficial.

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Collin resides in Waco, Texas, where he lives and serves with his wife at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. He’s the founder of The Craft, a site that’s focused on giving quality feedback and analysis to preachers to preach clearer and more compelling sermons with a redemptive-narrative approach. You can follow that project online through the blog and through @craftsermons on Twitter. Be sure and follow Collin on Twitter too, @collincoats.


Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, Bryan Chapell
Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World, Michael Horton
Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel, Michael Horton
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
Preaching and Preachers, Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Bryan Chapell
Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism, Tim Keller
Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Photo via Ben White / Unsplash


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