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Preaching from the Book of James

Introduction As the church lives now in the twenty-first century world, the preacher of the Gospel could find no more pertinent message for his people than the Epistle of James. The Epistle of James is one of the first pieces of New Testament literature given ... Read More »

Changes in Preaching

Worship has undergone significant changes in the last quarter of the twentieth century. This issue of the journal highlights many of the changes. Naturally, such changes have impacted the place of preaching in worship. Just as the shape and design of worship h... Read More »

Preaching from 1 and 2 Thessalonians

In the initial months of my first pastorate I preached a series of messages from 1 Thessalonians. As it turned out it was a wonderful way to begin a preaching ministry. While the Thessalonian epistles contain some of the most important New Testament teaching c... Read More »

The Authority of the Bible for Baptists

Introduction Inasmuch as the authority of the Christian Scriptures is a topic important to and cherished by Baptists throughout the world, one should approach its discussion with cautious reverence and humble acknowledgement that it will be difficult to give a... Read More »

Reading the Book of Joshua

Introduction In 1785, Timothy Dwight, future president of Yale University, published a book entitled The Conquest of Canaan, a Poem in Eleven Books. In this work, which actually was written during the American Revolution, Dwight portrayed allegorically the Ame... Read More »

Theological Themes in the Book of Joshua

Introduction The book of Joshua is not a simple work. John Bright thinks it “presents as complex a literary problem as any book in the Bible.”[1]John Bright, “The Book of Joshua,” in The Interpreter’s Bible, ed. George A. Buttrick... Read More »

Preaching from the Book of Joshua

Tell Me the Story of Joshua “I love to tell the story, for some have never heard The Message of salvation, from God’s own holy word.” The book of Joshua is a narrative within a narrative. The first six books of the Bible (Hexateuch) center on... Read More »

What is Happening While the Sermon is Preached?

Effective preaching is a complicated process involving at least six major disciplines. In order of priority, these six disciplines are: a high view of Scripture, sound hermeneutical principles, valid theological conclusions, rhetorical rules, sermon delivery, ... Read More »

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus and the Ethics of Jesus

One of the distinctive features of the Gospel of Luke is the amount of parabolic material that appears in it.[1]Estimates of how much of the Jesus material is parabolic run as high as thirty-five percent. Such calculations depend on what counts as parabolic, b... Read More »

Preaching Lukan Parables: A Socio-Rhetorical Approach

The parables of Jesus are among the favorite Bible passages of many church goers and preachers alike. To borrow Thomas Long’s phrase, the parables seem more “preacher friendly” than other kinds of texts.[1]Thomas G. Long, Preaching and the Li... Read More »