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Preaching and Corporate Edification

“What exactly do you do during the week?” On several occasions over 17 years of pastoring I have heard this question. Sometimes it is genuine, other times it is a veiled insult, but the answer is always the same: among other tasks, I give priority of time ... Read More »

Our God Speaks

My first daughter was born in May. The thing about babies is that it’s hard to understand what they want. They do not know how to speak. All they can do is cry. We try to understand who they are and what they want based on our experiences with her. Many Amer... Read More »

His Words Are Written

As Peter Adam brings out in Speaking God’s Words: A Practical Theology of Expository Preaching,[1]Peter Adam, Speaking God’s Words: A Practical Theology of Expository Preaching (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1996). a common phrase in both Testaments of Scri... Read More »

The Glory of Preaching

Preaching God’s Word is the most important duty of every under-shepherd. Proclamation of Biblical truth is not simply one among many responsibilities of a pastor; it is the responsibility above all other responsibilities. Stated another way, when it comes to... Read More »

Love, Encouragement, and Accountability

The primary and defining characteristic of the growing Christian is love. Jesus Himself says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciple... Read More »

Sincerity in Preaching

More and more frequently, younger people who are visiting our churches come with a different set of values that we may be ignoring. I am talking about those identified as belonging to Generation Z. This group is labeled as those who were born after 1995[1] Jam... Read More »

From Head to Heart

The late Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid revolutionary, once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”  In proclaim... Read More »

The God Who Still Speaks

Ever notice that God is rarely the hero, but usually the villain? In any national emergency, someone will ask the ridiculous question, “Where was God?”  They asked this after 9/11, and the same tired question is being asked again. God never gets credit fo... Read More »

Does Preaching Still Matter?

In 1986 Madonna released her single “Papa Don’t Preach.” There was little doubt it would become the number one hit at the time. The only question was, when and how long would it be number one? Within eight weeks of its release, the song hit number one on... Read More »

The Impact of the Sermon over Time

Even though it was almost 40 years ago, I still remember it clearly. I was assembled with the other graduates of my Bible college. I was about to march in and receive my baccalaureate degree. The chairman of my college’s Board of Trustees asked for our atten... Read More »

Preaching for the Church: The Place of Preaching in the Ecclesia

Introduction When I was in seminary I had a professor tell me that I should spend 20–30 hours a week working on the sermon. When I first heard this my mind was caught between the shock of the time constraints of “good preaching” and the gravity of the ne... Read More »

The Sacredness of the Pulpit 

With the advent of post-modernism, the pulpit has lost a bit of its power and grandeur. The preacher is one without authority. During the Reformation, the pulpit was the rudder that steered the culture but now the pulpit is caught amongst the waves from othe... Read More »

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