Get to Know Donald Cantrell

donald cantrellDonald Cantrell has been a preacher of the gospel since 1980. His goal in writing books is to be helpful to ministers who may need a simple thought to prompt them in developing a mighty message. His hope is to be practical, preachable, and accessible to the busy and pressured pastor.

In addition to preaching and writing, Donald has been active in personal sermon consulting and research, offering help with individual sermon development, subject research, Bible character studies, and sermon series. He has also helped various pastorates with the leading of revivals.

With the new release of his Bible Commentary Snapshots on WORDsearch today, we talked with the Florida Gators fan about his alliteration style, preaching, and his writing process.

WORDsearch: Where did you get the idea for this series?

Donald Cantrell: I have people contact me all the time from around the world, asking for advice. I like mentoring and helping people, that’s the primary goal. In the SBC in Georgia, the high majority of people are bivocational, and me doing this can help save them time.

I’ve always developed sermons and done alliteration, but then I started thinking what I wanted to do was come up with something catchy that would give a pastor or preacher something they could take straight to the puplit or develop into a full sermon on their own. I really liked the term “sermon snapshots.” I thought about it for a few days and really think it describes the material I create for a preacher.

 WS: What would you say is different in this work from your other works?

DC: This one I will try to do every verse in the New Testament and make sure every verse has an outline, or part of an outline, and that it’s alliterated. So far I’ve got Matthew- Acts, and I  just got done with 50 Christmas snapshots.

WS: What is your process in creating content? How do you get started?

DC: My main process is to first read the Scripture and then I like to think about it. Then I do my three or four main points, alliterate them, but very simply. Then I try to develop my main thoughts. Here’s how I look at it: I look at it like at first minimum alliteration, then once I have my main thoughts I go back and change and adapt it, then when it’s all said and done, my whole outline is all done, and I have what I call maximum alliteration. Alliteration is my thing, I’ve always been able to do it once I’ve started.

WS: How do you choose the verses or topics you cover?

DC: Well, I’m a pastor and I design sermons for my church also. If I get into something I really like at my church, I might just make a whole series out of it and offer it to pastors.

WS: How do you come up with your sermons?

DC: I like to do expository preaching, going through a book verse-by-verse, so that helps me a lot. That way I’m not just trying to come up with sermons, because if I know I’m preaching through a certain book, I know I’m going to have to have a sermon on that book on Sunday. Exposition with alliteration is my style.

WS: How often or long do you write each day?

DC: I write every day, and I have a process that I use. I read Scripture and if I want to develop a sermon, I use my computer now. I used to use a big ink pen with four colors, and I’ve got boxes of sermons with colored sermon outlines with a different color for each point. Then I adapted to the computer and now I’ve got all of that on the computer and have embraced it. I use Strong’s, my Bible, and a tool for alliteration.

WS: What’s your favorite Bible commentary?

In my ministry, I’ve had a lot of preachers ask this, and what I tell all of them is J. Vernon McGee’s Commentaries. What I like about him is that he covers every chapter, and they are simple and practical. I’m just simple and I just like simple stuff. But if I had to get rid of all my books in my library and keep one set it would be his.

WS: What is your favorite Bible translation?

I’m old school, I love the KJV just because I like the terminology and poetry, but I read a lot of different versions. I like the ESV, I don’t preach from it, but I study from it a lot. The reason I stick with the KJV is because it’s what I read when I was younger and what I memorized, so I’m familiar with it and just stuck with it over the years. 

Donald resides in Georgia with Denise, his wife of 33 years, and spends a lot of time with his grandbaby Kinsley.

Don’t miss our introductory sale on Cantrell’s new Bible Commentary Snapshots, along with 50 percent off all of his other works.

-Katie Cornett

Donald Cantrell Shares His Secrets for Preaching, Teaching & Bible Study

cantrellbundleIf you’re like most WORDsearch users, you belong to a rare group of people I refer to as Content Creators. You love digging deeply into God’s Word, and with what you discover, you create new things, such as sermons or Bible study lessons. Others consume the things you create, and as a result, they are fed the truth, inspired, blessed and drawn closer to God. I thank God for Content Creators like you because you are a minister.

Introducing Cantrell’s Complete Preaching & Teaching Collection – Written for Content Creators like you.

Donald Cantrell is a preaching and teaching machine. Cantrell has pastored for over 30 years and has assembled a tremendous collection of preaching and teaching helps that WORDsearch just released in Cantrell’s Complete Preaching & Teaching Collection. This 9-volume set normally costs $179.70. You can add it to your digital library for $79.95 for a limited time. Click here to learn more or download this package now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8162.

9 Volumes That Will Help You Preach & Teach

The first 3 volumes of this Collection are Cantrell’s Splendid Sermon Outlines, containing 150 detailed sermon outlines on a wide range of Scripture and topics. Here’s a sample outline for a message Cantrell titles Good Things Happen When Jesus Is in the House. (based on Mark 2:1-12). Cantrell is a master of alliteration. You’ll notice this right away.

  1. The Multitude & Their Location (1-2)
    “The Wonderful Appearance”
    A. The Noised Return of Christ & His Worth
    B. The Noted Reception of Christ—His Welcome
    C. The Natural Response of Christ—His Word
  2. The Man & His Situation (3b)
    “The Woeful Affliction”
    A. The Lowly Body of This Man—His Condition
    B. The Lonely Blight of This Man—His Consternation
    C. The Lovely Brethren of This Man—His Consideration
  3. The Men & Their Recognition (3-4)
    “The Wishful Assistance”
    A. Recognized Due to Their Fervent Concern
    B. Recognized Due to Their Focused Commitment
    C. Recognized Due to Their Faithful Characteristics
  4. The Master & His Perception (6-10)
    “The Wrongful Accusations”
    A. Jesus Divinely Recognized Their Thoughts
    B. Jesus Deliberately Revealed Their Thoughts
    C. Jesus Diligently Rebuked Their Thoughts
  5. The Miracle & Its Magnification (5, 10, 11, 12)
    “The Watchful Attraction”

    A. The Personal Forgiveness of His Sins
    B. The Powerful Freeing of His Symptoms
    C. The Public Frenzy of His Story

A brand new release by Donald Cantrell, included in this collection, is 365 Sensational Sermon Snapshots. Cantrell provides you with a Scripture for each day of the year and an alliterated sermon outline from which you can develop a complete sermon or lesson. I’ve included below a “snapshot” of Day 124 below. I think you’ll see how helpful this can be for your ministry.

WORDsearch Makes It Even More Powerful

You already know when you combine works like these with your other tools in WORDsearch it makes your cross-referencing and searching faster and easier. People tell me all the time that WORDsearch “makes me a better student of God’s Word, which makes me a better teacher of God’s Word.”

Readable, Preachable, Teachable

Cantrell’s thoughtful study and sharp focus of God’s Word have been described by others asreadable, preachable and teachable. I couldn’t agree more, and I think you will too. I hope you’ll take advantage of this special offer and add Cantrell’s Complete Preaching & Teaching Collectionto your digital library today. Click here to order, and you can be enjoying this bundle within minutes. I’m sure you’ll be delighted, or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8162.

In His Service,

Jim Baird