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Bryan Carter: How To Make Your Preaching More Compelling

“I’m writing out every word. It really helps me to get my thoughts clear. Even though I may preach without notes, it helps me to really think clearly and succinctly about what I’m trying to accomplish.”

“When [your sermon prep time] gets compressed, you just may not be able to do as much exegetical work as you need to. So you may get in two hours and use those two hours each day and still get to a great product.”

“At some point, you got to trust the Lord. Okay, Lord, I’ve given you the best I can with this time and honor him in that.”

“Somewhere, I picked up on manuscripting early and it just fit really fit my style.”

“Delivery and finding your comfort zone and your approach—it’s an evolution, right? You know, you watch yourself in different seasons and you’re using different tools to try to figure out how to be most effective.”

Dr. E.K. Bailey created this conference in the mid-90s and invited scholars, academics, pastors and put them together. And it’s really the first African-American [conference] of its nature in this kind of context [of expository preaching].”

“If I could define [expository preaching] more succinctly, it would be ultimately where the message of the text becomes the message of the sermon, and the message to the original audience becomes the foundation in which we build bridges to the audience of the day.”

“Black preaching has always been founded in the Book. We’ve always been committed to the Book. But the preaching conference, what it does is it helps us even be more broad in our study of the Scriptures so that we can be that much more effective, that much more clear.”

“I’m a proponent of expository preaching because I simply believe that is the foundation for what you see modeled in biblical preaching throughout the Scriptures.”

“I believe from a practical standpoint, [expository preaching] takes a lot of work off the preacher…It lets the text do the work.”

“Sometimes when books are written from the predominant culture, they can be written neglectful of the narrative of Black preaching or the narrative of the African American experience.”