If you want to mine the internet for nuggets of gold, find some people who have been committed, faithful bloggers and go back through the archives and learn what they were writing about when they first started.
I really enjoy the short quotations on Jim Upchurch’s blog, Christ, His Work and His Word. Here are some classics from Jim’s early posts:
Jesus came on a rescue mission for creation. He had to pay for our sins so that someday he can end evil and suffering without ending us.
Both Blaise Pascal and Jonathan Edwards were known to arrive home with a couple dozen hand written notes pinned to their jackets. Yes, they looked like dorks, but we remember them hundreds of years after their deaths and don’t even know the names of the cool people anymore.
The righteous have no claim on Christ; it was to save sinners that he came (Mt. 9:12-13). Seen from this angle, even the condemnatory function of the law is all of grace.
- How often is Jesus mentioned?
- If Jesus is mentioned, is he the subject of the verbs? In the sermon is Jesus and his work proclaimed… or is someone else and their work proclaimed?
- What are those verbs? Are they that Jesus came, lived, died, rescued, saved, and the like? Are they biblical terms?
- Todd Wilkin of Issues Etc. uses a three-question test to determine whether or not a sermon is Christ-centered