When I set out to write on the craft of sermon preparation, I didn’t get far before realizing that isolating the mechanics of preparing a sermon from the biblical teaching on a pastor’s calling runs the risk of reducing this tremendous responsibility to a list of techniques. Paul does tell Timothy to rightly handle the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). And Ecclesiastes reminds us that “The Preacher sought to find words of delight” (Eccl 12:10). So good communication is a biblical priority for any one charged with proclaiming the word. But it’s not the only priority. More has to be said.