Theology of Preaching

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 »

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 »

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 »

Preparing Yourself to Preach 

I was asked to write on the proposed topic: Preparing Yourself to Preach. I will write from my own subjective experience in the preaching ministry. I will begin with my theology of preaching, then discuss my philosophy of preaching, and finally, write about... Read More »

The High Place of Preaching

I will forever be indebted to Rick Ferguson, my predecessor at Riverside Church in Denver, Colorado, for paving the way for me to have one of the most fulfilling pulpit ministries I ever experienced as a pastor. Rick’s tenure at Riverside came to an abru... Read More »

Take Your Shot: Preaching in a Liturgical Context

Some of the best marksmen in the world are known for hitting targets at distances over a mile away. Imagine attempting to hit a target you can barely see with your eye! Shooting with that type of precision is no simple task. A precision shooter will account fo... Read More »

The Pastor as Theologian-in-Residence

Therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. (Gen 3:23) It’s astounding the impact these words have on the relationship of humanity to their Creator and the world He created. However, it is the pasto... Read More »