Avoiding Plagiarism in Preaching

dr. david olford Jan 12, 2022

What a privilege it is to be servants of the living God! How wonderful to be available for the service of the Lord!

Yes, ministry has its challenges, hardships, and problems but God is sufficient to see us through the various struggles we face.

Today, I want to address a matter that should not be a problem or a struggle, but it can be.

A friend of mine, who I hold in high esteem, recommended that I address the subject of plagiarism, especially in the...

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The Gospel is to be preached in 2022 as always!

Preaching or teaching evangelistically from the Scriptures is very important. It is certainly possible and recommended to preaching or teach expository evangelistic messages.

Let’s consider a specific text: Acts 16:25-34.

Now the whole chapter, Acts 16, is relevant and should be studied, but the core of the message can be developed from verses 25-34. It is helpful to find a text that is easy to follow.

This is the account of the conversion...

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O Worship the King

In this busy and bustling season with special events, and lots of things to do, let’s take time not just to attend events, but to worship. Bend the knee. Humble ourselves. Give Him our lives as well as our gifts.


Read: Matthew 2:1-23


The whole of Matthew’s gospel presents the majestic and authoritative messiahship of Jesus. The first two chapters are inseparably related to the rest of the gospel. I remind you that this gospel ends with our Risen Lord Jesus Christ...

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Upcoming Institutes

institutes in memphis Dec 03, 2021

Important Information about the Institute for Biblical Preaching Program - 2022


For a number of years, we have been offering a special intense International Institute of Biblical Preaching.

We are planning for this training time to take place September 8-27, 2022. This will mean people will arrive on September 7 and depart September 28, and there is a full program planned basically for every day.

We have a thorough application process for this event, and people need to email the...

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Come and Worship

Read: Matthew 1:1-2:17

In reading a book by Darrow L. Miller, Emancipating the World, I was challenged by an idea that he shared. He stated that culture is based on or begins with what we worship. Indeed, there is a sense in which people are wired to worship something.

One technical word for religious beliefs and practices is the word “cult.” We often use the word to refer to religious groups that are considered promoting error, but the word has a more general meaning. The...

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Only One Life


This past Monday I was asked to speak at a memorial service for a dear Christian man who died quite abruptly due to illness. Recently this brother in Christ lived in another State, but previously he was a committed volunteer in the children’s ministry of my home church here in the Memphis area (Collierville).

I was asked to share some Biblical texts affirming our Christian hope, which I did gladly.

Comfort comes to us in the midst of grief knowing our certain and living hope in our...

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Would this 7 year preaching planner help you?

Greetings friend,

The sermon outlines by Dr. Stephen Olford (published bi-weekly on this blog) illustrate the depth and the breadth of Scripture. The outlines do this because they are on different texts and a variety of truths.

This leads me to share a planning tool with you.

A number of years ago I put together a simple form, a preaching plan. The form was made to make a point and a suggestion concerning the selection of texts for sermon preparation.

Let me explain it. 

The form...

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Full restoration and loud rejoicing are the Lord’s plan for his faithful people

Read Zephaniah 3:9-20


"What are we waiting for?” can be asked or exclaimed for any number of reasons.

The joyful closing section of Zephaniah reveals what God’s people in Zephaniah’s day were in fact waiting for. And what a glorious future is described, which encourages the Lord’s “seekers and waiters” to trust the Lord and persevere in anticipation. 

The Lord’s purpose of a...

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The Ancient Prophetic Message of Zephaniah Still Speaks to Us Today

 Tap here to read Zephaniah 2:4-3:8

I think it would be safe to say that we are living in days of crises. 

This contemporary context makes the messages of the Prophets especially relatable because prophets (like Zephaniah) spoke in the context of crisis and crises.
The prophets interpreted these circumstances and crises in the light of the sovereignty, the covenant, and the purposes of God. God revealed His plans to these...
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Practical Preaching Workshop October 18 through 21



This is David Olford inviting you to our Practical Preaching Workshop October 18 through 21 here Memphis with Olford Ministries International.

This is a great time for very focused, personal and practical training in expository preaching.

We want to be preachers who rightly divide the word of truth in the power of the Holy Spirit.

So get in touch with us, and join us for our practical preaching workshop October 18 through 21.

We really need to hear from you by October the 10th.


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