Category Archives: Interviews
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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