Episode 61: 5 Reasons Sermons Fail

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Owen Strachan joins me for a discussion on 5 reasons sermons fail. 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:

  • Why insufficient study is often a cause of sermon failure
  • Advice on how to attain sufficient study
  • Why too many notes can often lead to sermon failure
  • How to avoid letting a sermon manuscript become a liability
  • How misplaced confidence is often a reason sermons fail
  • The true place pastors should derive their confidence
  • Why lack of clarity often leads to sermon failure
  • Advice on how to improve clarity while preaching
  • Why unconfessed sin leads to sermon failure


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