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Steven W. Smith

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A preacher and author, Steven W. Smith writes and presents papers in the area of theology and preaching.  He is the author of Dying to Preach, awarded a Preaching Today's book of the year award.

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Dying to Preach

The Good-to-Great Shepherd

At Christmastime, it's worth remembering what made Jesus "the great shepherd of the sheep." Read More »

Apply Liberally?: How Application Can Misrepresent Scripture

Has "application" replaced "exhortation" in sermons? Have we settled for practical pointers when we should focus on the prophetic purpose of the Word? Read More »

For Truth and Beauty: Thoughts on Argumentation in Sermons

Arguments in sermons are too often boring and distracting. Done rightly, however, argumentation is not only important and necessary, but moving and beautiful. Read More »

Sharp Application: Thoughts on Applying a Text

An expert in preaching gives four pointers on the art of application. Read More »

Stage Lights: Thoughts on Illustrating a Text

A sermon illustration should disappear so the text can be illuminated. Read More »

Same Kind of Boring as Me: Thoughts on Explaining a Text

Without explaining the text well in the sermon, having emotional appeal is trading one type of boredom for another. Read More »

Recent Articles

The Good-to-Great Shepherd

At Christmastime, it's worth remembering what made Jesus "the great shepherd of the sheep." Read More »

Apply Liberally?: How Application Can Misrepresent Scripture

Has "application" replaced "exhortation" in sermons? Have we settled for practical pointers when we should focus on the prophetic purpose of the Word? Read More »

For Truth and Beauty: Thoughts on Argumentation in Sermons

Arguments in sermons are too often boring and distracting. Done rightly, however, argumentation is not only important and necessary, but moving and beautiful. Read More »

Sharp Application: Thoughts on Applying a Text

An expert in preaching gives four pointers on the art of application. Read More »

Stage Lights: Thoughts on Illustrating a Text

A sermon illustration should disappear so the text can be illuminated. Read More »

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