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You may be asking?
“Who is Tony Guthrie, anyway?
And How Can He Finally Help Me put together meaningful expository messages that actually connect with the modern audience?”
Thanks for stopping by to learn a little about me and how I might be able to help you duplicate what I have done in expository preaching. Over the years I have introduced hundreds and hundreds of seminary and Bible College students (@ Luther Rice Seminary), Sunday School teachers, Pastors, Missionaries, and Evangelists to the Homiletical Bridge and the aspects of Creative Expository preaching. I have done this through my classes, textbook, blogs, and one-on-one coaching. So many of us have heard the expression “preachers are just so boring. They are soooo out of touch!” And I have to admit that for many preachers this is indeed true. But this does not have to be the case. What I discovered years ago is that many preachers think that if they just tell people what the Bible says the people will just hang on every word. But this is why I say that there is something wrong with us (as preachers). Too many preachers think that their job is to “inform” the people with the biblical context and content. They fail to realize that the real challenge is to “transform” people with the life-changing message of the Bible. This is done with clear exegesis, sound exposition, clever CREATIVITY and freer delivery.
Anyway, I don’t want to waste too much time so what I’m going to do right now is introduce myself to you, share my story with you and see what I can do to help you.
So for starters, lets get to know each other …
My name is Tony Guthrie and I have a passion for meaningful expository preaching. I am driven by the desire to help other communicators of the Bible to really connect the truth of God’s word to the average listener in ways they can relate to and remember. I do this through my book, courses, and coaching. I earned a Ph.D. in Preaching in 2002 from New Orleans Baptist Seminary and have been training biblical communicators ever since.
After 6 years working in the construction business with my father and brother I received my call to ministry. I burned with the idea of being an “in-demand” preacher. I thought, as many people do, that most preachers and teachers were so boring and out of touch. They talked too much about Bible people and history, but rarely directly to my heart. Yes, I know that the Holy Spirit plays a huge role in how the Bible connects with people, but Jesus was not ordinary in his approaches. They even said of Him that He did not teach like the regular guys (Pharisees). He related His words to the real worlds of his listeners. Preachers today can still be faithful to the exegetical truths of the Bible while concurrently connecting with people in meaningful and innovative ways. They simply need a change of mindset and a little coaching.
I found that seminary professors tended to teach a model that guaranteed that same “out of touch” approach. They were good men who loved the Lord but they taught the way they had been taught and what they had practiced for years. They didn’t realize that in an ever-changing post-modern world it is much more challenging to connect the ancient text to the modern listener than ever before. And even those that have tried to relate the Bible to the modern audience (the relevanteers as I call them) have been effective at creativity, but have been quiet slack in true biblical content. We need a balance of both. I wanted that balance.
I was taught a sermon preparation system that changed my life! I worked with that system as a pastor and re-designed it to fit my teaching style when I became a professor of preaching. I teach that system in my courses and in my book, Crossing the Homiletical Bridge.
On this webste you will find a TON of FREE resources that will help you improve your preaching and connection with te modern audience. You can view the videos and read the blog posts and get a world of insight into expository preaching for today’s world. But those resources, as helpful as they are, may not be efficient enough to help you grow in your preaching. This is where I can help you. Please visit my coaching page and view the short video. Then contact me.
Blessings to you and thanks for stopping by.
Tony Guthrie, PhD.
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