Spurgeon on Preaching to Stir Emotions

I have been quoting from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner a fair bit lately. He is like a breath of fresh air. O for God to raise an army of preachers who truly understand the point he makes in the following quote: "... to win a soul, it is necessary, not only to instruct our hearer, and make him know the truth, but to impress him so that he may feel it. A purely didactic ministry, which should always appeal to the understanding, and should leave the emotions untouched, would certainly be a limping … [Read more...]

Hear Tim Keller in the UK

Tim Keller will be speaking in the UK twice in the next few months. I received the following information from Oak Hill College which will be hosting him. I understand that he will also speak for Newfrontiers on the second trip.To book, click here.Two conferences with Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, will take place at Oak Hill in November 2008 and May 2009.The first, Preaching to the Heart, is on 19 Nov 2008. Jonathan Edwards believed that the ultimate purpose … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Church Statistics

Spurgeon's book, The Soul Winner, is the kind of book you really need to read several times over the course of your life. I decided to dip into it once more over the summer, and read just the first chapter. It's a book I have recommended previously. I found the following quote which is interesting. He is speaking about how church growth statistics are indicative of something. I wonder how many Spurgeon lovers today would agree with his assessment of churches which are not growing by … [Read more...]

2008 Top Posts Numbers 13 and 14

In 14th place on the list of most read posts here on the blog during the first half of 2008 is my series on the Together On A Mission 2008 conference.In the 13th most read post, I asked about favorite preachers. I gave my own answers back in 2005. There are no prizes for guessing who might be added to that list if I were to answer that question again today. … [Read more...]

DWELL – Mark Driscoll on Preaching Christ

Thanks to my friends at Acts 29 I'm able to share some sessions with you from the Dwell London conference. This is a talk Mark Driscoll gave on how to preach Christ from the entire Bible. You can download the audio, read my notes below, or watch the video right here: No one has a worse life than a church planter’s wife. Her husband is flat broke. He won’t stop working, but makes no money. And he wants to grow his church by getting her pregnant!The big idea is this—“It’s about Jesus!” There i … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – John Piper on Other Preachers and His Call to Ministry

Today I wrap up my interview with John Piper in this last segment. It is based on the video version of the interview, which can be viewed here. John talks about preachers he listens to and describes the circumtances which led him to the pastorate of Bethlehem Baptist Church. The three previous parts to the interview can be read at the following pages: John Piper on New Word AliveJohn Piper on Passionate PreachingJohn Piper on Prayer and Bible StudyAdrianWe have just been talking about studying … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – John Piper on Passionate Preaching

Yesterday we began sharing the transcript of my interview with John Piper at New Word Alive. Today we continue with John Piper talking about passionate preaching. The video of today's segment can be seen here.AdrianPeople do talk about you, John, as having a real sort of passion about you. It’s almost like a zeal, I guess. In fact, particularly when you’re preaching, I certainly experience that, having actually only heard you for the first time in the flesh last night, and so many people aft … [Read more...]

VIDEO – Ed Stetzer Interview – Missional Preaching

In this section of our interview I begin by asking Ed if he thinks there is a particular type of preaching that is missional. … [Read more...]

Tim Keller on Effective Ministry

UPDATEThe Dwell Conference talks are now online, and you can download them.I love the people at Resurgence. They keep sharing more and more video and audio—all for free. After my pastor, Tope, reported his experience in New York I wanted to watch some Tim Keller as, bizarrely, I hadn't yet listened to him or read anything by him. The Dwell talks are not online yet, so I watched Tim Keller's Gospel Coalition talk. I was totally blown away by it! Here are a few of the highlights I picked up.Early o … [Read more...]

VIDEO INTERVIEW – John Piper on the Preachers He Listens To and How He Became a Pastor

UPDATE The written transcript of this segment of my interview with John Piper is now available. It can be read here.This is the fourth and final segment of my interview with John Piper. You can also watch these preceding segments:John Piper on New Word Alive and Spring Harvest John Piper on Passionate Preaching John Piper on Prayer and Bible Study I began this section by asking John which preachers he listens to on his iPOD. He mentioned a number of names, and if you have the … [Read more...]