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25 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sermon This Sunday
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After almost 30 years of preaching and now teaching homiletics in seminary, I'd like to share 25 simple ways you can improve your sermon this Sunday.


Yes, this Sunday.


While these concepts and the system behind them are explained in much more detail in the PPGR Preaching System, you'll find plenty of helpful nuggets among the twenty-five described in this short ebook.


When you're ready, feel free to check out the complete preaching system.

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👋 Hi, I'm McKay!

I served as a local church pastor and planter for over twenty-six years and understand the unique pain points of a preaching ministry.


For some of us, sermon stress is an ever-present emotional weight.


Every week, we're expected to craft a fresh, focused, well-organized message filled with expository acumen, theological depth, and insightful, relevant, practical application delivered with clarity and energy that keeps folks from looking at the clock.


But we also have leadership meetings, visitor follow-ups, hospital calls, counseling appointments, and more.


And most of us have families who appreciate a bit of our attention, too. 😉


Pastors do far more than preach on Sundays. But we don't do less.


I get what it's like to work on a sermon all week, only to be up at 1:00 am on Saturday night, still struggling with the message.


When I transitioned from a preaching pastor to a theology and homiletics professor, I created the sermon prep and delivery system I wish I'd had thirty years ago.


Not just a system, but a system that helps pastors save time crafting focused, clear, biblical, redemptive (cross-tethered) messages that result in distinctively grace-motivated, Spirit-empowered application.


Thanks to homiletical influences like Bryan Chapell and Tim Keller, I didn't have to start from scratch. 🙂


In case you're interested, it's called the PPGR Preaching System.


By the way, I've been married to Kristy for 31 years, with whom I have three adult children, 28, 26, and 20. ‌I also hold a B.A. in history/literature, an M.Div., a D.Min. in gospel renewal, and a Ph.D. in homiletics. When I'm not writing or teaching, I love being at home or walking the wooded, creek-crossed trails of the north Georgia mountains.


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The Cross-Tethered Newsletter contains a deep well of valuable, practical, and helpful resources that will help you take a step forward toward improving this Sunday's sermon. You'll learn principles and receive tools that will help with both message preparation as well as delivery.

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The Online Course

The PPGR Preaching System is designed to help you save time with a step-by-step guide to creating substantive, redemptive sermons that expound a biblical text, address a problem with the human condition, connect the message explicitly to the cross, and provide relevant, grace-motivated, and Spirit-empowered application.

1:1 Coaching

While the PPGR Preaching System provides a wealth of practical help for taking a step-by-step approach to crafting distinctively redemptive, cross-tethered sermons, I find that pastors are able to master the system much more quickly with personal coaching. If you're interested, let's connect and see if 1:1 coaching could help you.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Christology 101—Five Things to Know About Jesus in Order to Really Know Jesus
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I tell my seminary students that when we gather for class, our goal is not merely to know about Jesus. Our goal is to know Jesus personally and directly. To that end, Christology 101 introduces you to five things every Christian should know about Jesus in order to really know Jesus.


Each short chapter includes discussion questions for family devotions and small group study.


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The PPGR Preaching System not only saves you time in sermon prep by giving you a step-by-step guide for the process, but it also enables you to craft remarkably clear, focused messages that magnify God's grace in Jesus by expounding the biblical text, addressing the human condition, tethering the passage, theme, and problem to the cross, and providing responsive, redemptive application that is grace-motivated and Spirit-empowered.


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What Friends are Saying about the PPGR Preaching System

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The PPGR system is now my go-to way to craft all kinds of talks. Not only for my talks, but I train dozens of other pastors in the system, too. And they love it! Thanks, McKay!

— David Taylor

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Simply put, the PPGR system has revolutionized my preaching, reshaping my sermon structure in a way that allows each element to build on the previous. Not only have I received a lot of positive feedback, I see the work of the Spirit in the lives of those who worship with us.

— Nate Berry

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The PPGR system is an invaluable asset, providing a robust sermon structure that ensures each message is grounded distinctively in the gospel and tethered to the cross.

— David Kim

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A tremendously helpful resource. Working through the PPGR points helps me get to the heart of what I want to communicate. And what a blessing it is to me as a preacher to be led to the Cross again so that I can help my hearers do the same.

— Adam Tisdale

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