Episode 104: The Preacher and Sermon Introductions

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Ben Awbrey joins me in a discussion on the preacher and sermon introductions. Dr. Awbrey is professor of preaching at Midwestern Seminary. He has been teaching expository preaching since 1996 and he has written two books on preaching: How Effective Sermons Begin and How Effective Sermons Advance.

Guest(s): Ben Awbrey


Some of the topics discussed in today’s episode are:

  • A brief introduction to Dr. Awbrey’s ministry at Midwestern
  • A brief introduction to Dr. Awbrey’s book How Effective Sermons Begin
  • The importance of the sermon introduction
  • How long a sermon introduction should last
  • What constitutes a bad sermon introduction
  • Keys for a good sermon introduction
  • When to craft the sermon introduction
  • The importance of stating the purpose of the sermon in the introduction



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