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Cutting Room Floor

One of the most difficult and painful tasks for any well-studied sermon is to condense the material that is most important, relevant and valuable to the audience. Oftentimes, a good deal of good material is left on the preacher’s cutting room floor. Luckily, some of that material has found a place here.
At The Pastor’s Cutting Room Floor, you’ll find a number of things that don’t make it into the sermon, for a variety of reasons: there wasn’t enough time, the point was too small to make, the point was too technical to make, the issue is better dealt with out of the pulpit, etc.
Welcome to the stuff that didn’t make it. I pray it challenges you to deepen your understanding of God’s Word and to ultimately know Him better.

Kid, Parent, Grandkid

            Proverbs has a lot to say to both parents and children about the most essential human relationship you have in your life.  Because there was so much, I was forced to cut quite a bit from today’s sermon.  Probably the most painful cut I had to make was Proverbs 17:6. Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are…

Long Live the King!

When preaching topical sermons in Proverbs, sometimes one has to make a choice about what themes should be used to construct the outline and flow of a sermon. The first thing to do when preaching topically from Proverbs (or anywhere, really) is to gather the data on that topic. For this sermon, I focused on Proverbs that…

Evidence for Random Organization, Part IV

The last few weeks we’ve been exploring the idea of “random organization” in the Proverbs of Solomon.  We’ve seen large-scale evidence of organizational patterns within these seemingly random strings of proverbs, and small-scale evidence such as catchwords and common themes.             For the last part of this series we’ll look briefly at two more pieces…

Breaking Wind in Proverbs?

The first thing that I do each week when preparing for my sermon is translate the text I intend to preach.  I came across a surprise in Proverbs 29:11.  Here’s an English translation of the verse (ESV): “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”             It’s…

Random Organization, Part II

Last week we began to examine evidence of “random organization” within the Solomonic portions of Proverbs (chs 10-22a, 25-29).  We saw that there is plenty of evidence of “large scale” organization – whole sections being structured by the final editor(s) of the book.             This week we’ll begin to look at some smaller scale organization,…

Proverbs 3a – The Tablet of the Heart

Proverbs 3:3 says, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart” (all Scripture references in ESV). During my sermon today, I briefly alluded to the “tablet of the heart” language reflects the language of Deuteronomy and other biblical passages. Originally I had…

Proverbs 1b – Balancing Proverbs

Proverbs 1:20-33 strikes a balance, demonstrating the cause-and-effect of rejecting Woman Wisdom’s call by clever use of repetitious terms. I mentioned a few verses towards the end of the sermon that showed this balance, but the whole of this passage is actually what we call a “chiasm.” A chiasm is when two halves of a…

John 21 – A Look Back

After 35 weeks studying the Gospel of John, I have been overwhelmed by the final verse of John’s message: “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (21:25 ESV). Now…

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