Saturday, June 04, 2005

Preaching resource: Ray C. Stedman Library

The late Ray Stedman's expository sermon texts are a fine resource for sermon preparation. Stedman had a gift of finding relevant truth for today in the biblical text, and for explaining the text in simple, convincing language. Hundreds of his sermon texts are available online at the Ray C. Stedman Library.

I've drawn on Stedman's insights for my own sermons but recommend his work with one qualification: Stedman had a habit of preaching interpretation with the same confidence as the text itself, particularly on background and introductory matters. He made the text easy to understand, but sometimes at the cost of oversimplification. If preachers can resist the temptation to let Stedman do our exposition for us, however, his work can be a boost to our own.


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