Text-Driven Blog

Assessing Theological Needs in the Church

As the author of Hebrews draws his letter to a close, he charges his readers to obey and submit to their leaders, and the reason for his instruction is clear: “they keep watch over your souls” (Heb 13:17). But then, the author explains the manner in which ... Read More »

The Danger of Preaching a Doctrine and Not a Text

Who cares if you preach a doctrine, especially orthodox doctrine, instead of a text? You may think “danger” is melodramatic. My goal is to show you the potential dangers when we preach a doctrine instead of a text. Preaching a doctrine and preaching a text... Read More »

The Need for Theology in the Pulpit

The words resound in my mind to this day. The revival preacher had opened the Bible, read the text, and began to preach. As he made his way through the body of the sermon, the people waited with anticipation for the crescendo toward which the preacher was buil... Read More »

Is the Pastor a Theologian?

Their child had only begun showing symptoms two days earlier. Deeply concerned from the beginning, they tried not to panic but called the doctor promptly, only to be told to take their son to the emergency room immediately. The staff made a valiant effort, mar... Read More »

Learning to Preach from John Jasper

Are you so convinced, that you become convincing?  As you ponder that thought for yourself in your own preaching ministry, one could simply peruse the life and ministry of the 19th century African-American preacher John Jasper and see that this brother believ... Read More »

Learning to Preach from George Whitefield

George Whitefield is a preacher worth learning from, and his extraordinary ministry powerfully affected two continents with countless souls being saved.  Whitefield’s preaching influenced virtually every single American.  Based on portraits, Whitefield was... Read More »

Learning to Preach from John Broadus

John Albert Broadus (1827–1895) is, as my preaching professor Dr. Matthew McKellar has said, the granddaddy of text-driven preaching. He had experience as a Greek and Latin tutor as well as a pastor. He also had pastoral experience as a chaplain, albeit sadl... Read More »

Learning to Preach from D. L. Moody

Dwight Lyman Moody was born February 5th, 1837 in East Northfield, Massachusetts. His father died suddenly at the age of forty-one when Moody was just four years old. He was one of nine children, in a family left in poverty, with little or no opportunity for e... Read More »

Learning to Preach from Jonathan Edwards: The Preacher as a Burning and Shining Light

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), the great colonial American pastor and theologian, is generally not known as a great preacher. Rumor has it that he seldom made eye-contact with his audience; if he wasn’t reading his sermon manuscript he would stare off towar... Read More »

Learning to Preach from John Chrysostom

Few preachers in the early church are more widely celebrated than John Chrysostom. Not only does his name “Chrysostom,” or “Golden-Mouth”, capture the renown of his oratory skills, the simple fact that more of his sermons survive than any other preache... Read More »

Learning to Preach from Alexander Maclaren

How God uses who God uses is up to Him.  I have long since given up bemoaning gifts God has not given me. Our job is simply to be faithful with what God has given us everywhere He may lead us. Have you ever marveled at God’s grace in your life? The story of... Read More »

Learning to Preach from Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The ministry of Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) at Westminster Chapel in central London “was one of the greatest Christian phenomena of the 20th century.”[1]https://www.westminsterchapel.org.uk/ourhistory/. My awareness of Lloyd-Jones’ homiletical legacy le... Read More »

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