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Cutting Room Floor (Page 3)

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.

John 1a – The Word Was God

You hear a knock on your door. Opening it, you find two well-dressed men holding Bibles, eager to talk to you about God. They are Jehovah’s Witnesses. During your conversation, you discover that they do not believe that Jesus is God. In fact, they turn to John 1:1 to “prove” it. Your Bible reads: In…

Exodus 36b-37 – Meticulous Repetition and Ezekiel’s Temple

The repetition in Exodus 35-40 functions to demonstrate the exact obedience of the Israelites in fulfilling God’s commands to build the Tabernacle according to the heavenly specifications. The sermon highlighted one occasion where this literary phenomena appears in another Ancient Near Eastern text. There are many examples of meticulous repetition in the Bible itself. Genesis…

Exodus 33 – Theme Words

When I really want to stress something important to my children, I repeat it several times, sometimes in different tones or with different emphases. That way I’m sure they will hear me clearly and I’ll get my point across. God often does the same for us. Many times in a single passage or narrative unit,…

Exodus 30 – Numbers-Obsessed

Here is an interesting case where I cut something from the sermon because it never should’ve been there to begin with. This is really an issue where hermeneutics meets homiletics (hermeneutics is the art and science of studying the Bible, and homiletics is the art and science of preaching the Bible). Sometimes just because something…