On “Expository Preaching” by John Albert Broadus

“[E]pository preaching is a difficult task. . . .”

“To make a discourse which shall be explanatory and yet truly oratorical, bearing a rich mass of details but not burdened with them, full of Scripture and abounding in practical application, to bring even dull, uninformed and unspiritual minds into interested and profitable contact with an extended portion of the Bible—of course this must be difficult. . . .”

“He who begins it as an easy thing, will find expository preaching surprisingly difficult; but he who manfully takes hold of it as difficult, will find it grow easier and more pleasant, with every year of his experience. . . .”

“And it may be confidently asserted that many a one who now thinks this method of preaching unsuited to him, needs nothing but diligent study and practice, upon some such principles as have been indicated, to make his expository sermons very profitable to is hearers, and singularly delightful to himself.”

Posted by Roger D. Duke, Assistant Professor of Religion & Communication,
Baptist College of Health Sciences, Memphis, TN

John Albert Broadus, A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons (1871; reprint, from the Collection of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: University Library Scholarly Publishing Office, n.d.), 317-318.

About Roger Duke

Southern MDiv Grad, Teach Communication & Religion at Baptist College of Health Sciences, a Professional School for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.
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