Archive for June, 2010

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A Challenge To Preach Out Of Sequence

June 30, 2010

In his recent blogpost “Some Thoughts on Pulpit Methodology”, Iain D. Campbell challenges the prevailing wisdom in some evangelical circles that sequential exposition is always best. While I probably won’t change my prevailing pattern (I mainly preach through books), it reminded me not to put a straightjacket on preaching method.

God can use sequenced or unsequenced preaching. Just let us be biblical!

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Training Preachers?

June 22, 2010

I agree with Peter Mead. Seminaries for pastors in training should not think of homiletics as a fringe subject.  In a sense all subjects converge in homiletics.” 

Whether teaching biblical languages, exegetical skills, doctrine, or church history, seminaries are there to equip men to preach. Right?

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“Origins” Overview

June 21, 2010

I preached my first ever overview sermon yesterday. It was on Genesis. We looked at

  • the origins of life
  • the origins of sin
  • the origins of salvation

It was particularly encouraging to think about ways in which Christ is promised and foreshadowed in Genesis.

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Mints and Ministry

June 16, 2010

I laughed when I read this counsel from Brian Croft. Preachers, take heed!

The enemy is trying really hard to put up as many barriers between us and our people.  Therefore, whether in a hospital or greeting people as they leave on Sunday, eliminate one by always carrying gum or a mint…and don’t be afraid to use them.

Read the whole post.

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Speak, O Lord

June 15, 2010

Before I start preparing my sermons on Tuesday morning, I usually sing in the study, Speak O Lord, as we come to You, to receive the food of Your Holy Word. It can feel a little conspicuous, and I’m glad no one can hear me except the cows in the field outside my window! But it articulates well my request to the Lord at the outset of my preparations. Does anyone else sing a hymn, or two, before beginning their exegesis?

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Unless the Holy Ghost Be With The Word…

June 9, 2010

“The gospel is preached in the ears of all men; it only comes with power to some. The power that is in the gospel does not lie in the eloquence of the preacher otherwise men would be converters of souls. Nor does it lie in the preacher’s learning; otherwise it could consists of the wisdom of men. We might preach till our tongues rotted, till we should exhaust our lungs and die, but never a soul would be converted unless there were mysterious power going with it – the Holy Ghost changing the will of man. O Sirs! We might as well preach to stone walls as preach to humanity unless the Holy Ghost be with the word, to give it power to convert the soul.”

(Spurgeon, quoted in Stott, IBIP, 335)

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10 Questions For Expositors – Josh Moody

June 7, 2010

This interview with Josh Moody is now on the new Unashamed Workman blog.

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