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Preach Penal Substitutionary Atonement

The penal substitutionary theory of the atonement is a core doctrine within Christianity. There are many metaphors for the atonement that are useful, understandable, and true.[1]See Colin E. Gunton, The Actuality of Atonement: A Study of Metaphor, Rationality ... Read More »

Theological Snobbery

Seemingly, when Jesus dealt with the religious establishment of his day, he found them perfectly myopic and blind to the reality of who he was. They had a theological impediment that would not allow them to see Jesus as anything other than one whose teachings ... Read More »

The Idol of Greed

Unless you are a prosperity gospel preacher, you will have to preach on some tough subjects from time to time as you preach “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Obviously, if you are a prosperity gospel preacher you are probably not reading this articl... Read More »

The Pastor as Church Member

“When we step on the battlefield, I will be the first boots on and the last boots off.” Lt. General Hal Moore spoke these words to the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Calvary Division prior to the Battle of la Drang Valle... Read More »

Rooting out Sin in the Church: Making Use of Systematic Exposition

“Preacher, you must have been reading our mail.” “Have you been listening to us over the back fence?” “How did you know what I’ve been struggling with in my life?” Expressions like these are heard in churches everywhere. The implication is th... Read More »

The Word Cycle: Edifying the Body of Christ

One of the most amazing aspects of God’s provision on planet earth is the water cycle. Ocean waters supply solar evaporation. Atmospheric air circulation transports water vapor to all seven continents. Condensation and precipitation provide fresh water to la... Read More »

A Preacher’s Response to Individualism Invading the Church

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things in the church. While some of them were good, a lot of them were terrible. The pandemic has shut down many churches from meeting together, which has then caused a decrease in ministries, which then led to a decrease... Read More »

The Corporate Nature of Preaching

No one can deny that the digital revolution in the past two decades has found its way into the art of preaching. Through livestreams, podcasts, and blogs (words that would be alien to our predecessors a few years ago) are ubiquitous and breathtaking in their v... Read More »

Great Commission Preaching

Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everythin... Read More »

The Pastor’s Character

Perhaps one of the most monumental events in my life was when I left my hometown of Flint, Michigan, to attend Prairie View A&M University in Texas. I remember scrambling money together from family and friends to help me to pursue my academic and professio... Read More »

Death by Plagiarism

I remember very clearly those early days of doing church ministry as an intern. The thought of speaking in front of people terrified me. I remember the very first sermon that I have ever preached. I barely made it through. That was only because I read every wo... Read More »

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Eugene Peterson penned a classic book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, many years ago. We live in a day where we can pull a small rectangle from our pocket and have near-limitless access to near-countless mediums for information––instantly. With t... Read More »

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