Episode 47: 5 Words that Weaken Any Sermon

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Owen Strachan joins me for a recurring guest host episode where he interviews me on preaching. Today’s discussion will be focused five words that weaken any sermon. Dr. Strachan is the Director of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Associate Professor of Christian Theology.

Guest(s): Owen Strachan


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

  • The significance of words and why words matter
  • The importance of using words well while preaching
  • The unhelpful nature of using the word “thing” in a sermon
  • Why pastors should substitute “I believe” for “in my opinion”
  • The reason pastors should be careful to use “I’m sorry” in the pulpit
  • The reason pastors should not use “in conclusion” during a sermon
  • The necessity of pastors avoiding vague language in the pulpit


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