Last week at Anderson University we hosted Ralph Douglas West as he presented the 5th annual John A. Broadus Lectures on Preaching, sponsored by our Clamp Divinity School. He did a marvelous job on the lectures using the theme “Preaching from the Inside Out.”  (The lectures will be posted online soon at

I thought that theme was particularly appropriate, since so much of what happens in our preaching ministry depends on what is happening in the inner life of the preacher. For example, it is hard to sustain an effective preaching ministry if the preacher is not maintaining a faithful devotional life.

Because the reality is that what we say as preachers has less to do with impacting the lives of our listeners than what the Holy Spirit does with our feeble offerings. As Tim Keller observes in his new book Preaching:

“To be sure, your listeners are responding to your skills, preparation, character and conviction in a general sense. And these are critical elements of any good communication, including good preaching and teaching. But for the act of preaching in particular, there’s something even more central to persuasion: your listeners’ sense of the Holy Spirit working in and through you.”



Michael Duduit
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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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