Phil Ryken on the Pastor-Theologian

Phil Ryken just published a piece from Ligonier’s Tabletalk at Ref21 that covers how John Calvin was a pastor-scholar.  It’s a solid article worth reading. Ryken distills Calvin’s goal in preaching: “Calvin’s goal in all his preaching and writing was to teach the Word of God faithfully so that the Holy Spirit could use his [Read More...]

Robert Schuller’s Son: “Nobody Listens to Preaching”

From an interview done with Christianity Today: “I’ll probably have 5- to 10-minute messages throughout the program, but it won’t be sitting down with three points and a poem. Chris Wyatt resigned a month before I left the Cathedral because his investors told him they wanted to take God out of GodTube. Chris discovered through [Read More...]

Bruce Ware’s “Big Truths” Soaring at Amazon

If you haven’t heard of theologian Bruce Ware’s latest book, Big Truths for Young Hearts, you’re one of the few.  The text is storming up the Amazon charts and has gotten as low as #500 (incredible!). The happy little secret about this book is that, while targeted to children, it will work remarkably well for [Read More...]

David Jackman on Preaching That Connects

From the just-published Trinity Journal come from wise words of expert preacher David Jackman of the U. K.’s Proclamation Trust: “Counteract the particular distortions of our present cultural context by refuting them biblically.  That is to say that we must read the newspaper as well as the Scriptures.  We should be people who know and [Read More...]

Tim Keller on Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age

Found this over at the Christianity Today site.   Tim Keller, whose recent book The Reason for God took flack from some for what was viewed as a light treatment of the evangelical doctrine of hell, wrote “Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age” in 1997.  Leadership Journal just reprinted it, and I’m thankful that they did. [Read More...]

Preaching Christ from All of Scripture? Bryan Chappell Shows the Way

I came across a great link at a site I love, Monergism.com, which has just about anything and everything you could ever want related to reformed theology. Turns out that Dr. Bryan Chapell has had Covenant Seminary post all of his lectures (with PDFs!) on Christ-centered preaching. Here’s the blurb on the lectures, which are [Read More...]

Things Christians Overlook: The Detail of the Bible

This post isn’t as theological as the previous two. Here, I’m simply trying to point out the following idea, namely, that the Bible has a great deal of textual detail that is rich and rewarding to study. In this way, it is like a piece of rich soil just waiting for one to come and [Read More...]

Things Christians Overlook: The Bible Has a Thesis (Hint: Christ)

I want to do a brief series on some key biblical things that I and other Christians have overlooked and do overlook. Today’s topic is on a pretty simple but incredibly under-recognized idea, that the Bible has a thesis, and that this thesis is Jesus Christ. I have talked about this before on this blog, [Read More...]

A Young Preacher’s Thoughts on Preaching: Practice Makes Better

Practice does not, as we know, make perfect, necessarily. But practice does make one better. Preaching is no different than any other discipline in this regard. It is hard to be a young preacher. You read off your manuscript too much; you try to go off it and end up somewhere you didn’t mean to [Read More...]


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