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Preaching Influences: Nelson, Robinson, Quicke, Driscoll, & Keller

February 27, 2008

After being out of a week-to-week pulpit for about two years, I have been forced to rethink and redevelop homeletical rhythms. In trying to develop these rhythms I have re-listened to a few preachers from my past—I have been fortunate enough to sit under some great preaching: Tommy Nelson, Haddon Robinson, Michael Quicke & John Piper, as well as soak up influence from Tim Keller.

All of these experiences have been formative in different ways. One thing I have learned is that I am none of these men, nor will I ever have such preaching stature, but that has not kept me from trying to learn how to preach the Scriptures better. Here are a few more things I have learned from them:

  • Tommy Nelson – explain the word of God clearly and push it into the crevices of life.
  • Haddon Robinson – organize your sermon around a central idea and restate it repeatedly and differently
  • Michael Quicke – cultivate communion with the Trinity during the sermon writing process, relying on the Spirit
  • Mark Driscoll – always ask “why or how do I/we resist the message?”
  • John Piper – preach the argument of Scripture, with God at the center, and bank on the promises of God.
  • Tim Keller – preach to the heart, not the will, and be culturally literate, always keeping the non-Christian in mind. Raise the problem of application and solve it with the solution of the gospel.
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2008 4:12 pm

    Thank you for your insights… Very helpful to see that explained in that way…

  2. February 27, 2008 4:16 pm

    Nice! Great summary on Nelson, Driscoll, Piper, and Keller. How would you summarize dead guys like Edwards, Spurgeon?

  3. February 27, 2008 4:58 pm

    I haven’t read enough of Spurgeon to attempt a summary. How would you summarize him? BTW, these aren’t meant to be definitive summaries, just things I have learned from them. Driscoll, for instance, summarizes his preaching with 4-6 questions (biblical, theological, apologetic, missional, christological, memorable. See link on this post.

    As for Edwards, I’ll have to think that one over…but like Piper, his sermons have taught me to savor the sovereignty and person of God.

  4. Shaw permalink
    February 27, 2008 5:41 pm

    great post. thanks!

  5. February 28, 2008 9:24 pm

    jason, looks like this guy could answer your question about Spurgeon…Zach Eswine

    Zack Eswine (PhD, Regent University) is assistant professor of homiletics and associate dean of ministry formation at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the author of Kindled Fire: How the Methods of C. H. Spurgeon Can Help Your Preaching and lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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