Speak simply, in terms appropriate for the people in your pews. Wiersbe reminds us that “Depth in preaching doesn’t mean obscurity, as though our aim is to confuse people or impress them. Depth in preaching means that we make the profound things simple, the simple things profound, and all things practical.”15

Take a deep breath. Do you smell a sweet aroma from the sermonic kitchen? It might be your next doctrinal sermon — warm, moist, ready to melt in the mouths of your hungry people.

1 Bill Northcott. "How Important is Doctrinal Preaching in a Healthy Church," The Baptist and Reflector. Dec. 13, 2006, 5.

2 Bill Hybels, Stuart Briscoe, Haddon Robinson. Mastering Contemporary Preaching. (Portland: Multnomah, 1989), 11.

3 Erickson and Heflin. Old Wine in New Wineskins. (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1997), 13-19.

4 Ibid.

5 Michael Quicke. 360 Degree Preaching. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003), 135.

6 Ibid. 133.

7 Warren Wiersbe. The Dynamics of Preaching (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999), 88.

8 Stephen Olford and David Olford. Anointed Expository Preaching.Nashville: Broadman, 1998) 72-74.

9 Harold Bryson, Expository Preaching. Haddon Robinson, Biblical Preaching. Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix, Power in the Pulpit.

10 Wayne McDill, The 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching (Nashville: Broadman, 1994), 229ff.

11 Bryan Chapell, Christ-centered Preaching. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994), 45. The term "earthed" is referenced from John R. Stott, Between Two Worlds, 140.

12 Bryan Chappell, Christ-centered Preaching. 45.

13 Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix, Power in the Pulpit (Chicag Moody, 1999), 238.

14 Stuart Briscoe, op cite, 68ff.

15 Wiersbe, 88.