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The Need to Preach the Atonement By the Death of Christ

The sense of debt to Christ is the most profound and pervasive of all emotions in the New Testament, and only a gospel which evokes this, as the gospel of Atonement does, is true to the primitive and normal Christian type. Not only must Atonement by the death of Christ be preached if we would […]

The Church Needs to Get Plastered

“The transforming power of expository preaching may not appear immediately. As a rule it takes time for good seed to result in a bountiful harvest. Over in New Jersey Benjamin Franklin used to plead with farmer friends to put lime on their land, so as to raise larger crops. When he found that they did […]


Jay Adams: Ezra was a skilled scribe.  His task, at least in part, was much like that of a preacher. How did he get that way? What was the source of such skill? Here is the answer: Ezra had determined in his heart to Study the law of the Lord, Obey it, And teach its […]

For Shepherds to Butcher

If we look over the prophets [of the Old Testament], we shall find that the rulers are peculiarly guilty: the princes were become mighty oppressors: and when foreign enemies attacked them, unnaturally joined and conspired their ruin! This was a crime of the highest nature. For nothing can be more aggravated than for the shepherds […]

MLK & Russell Moore’s Love Affair with Political Correctness

Russell Moore still is treating Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Christian, and that is just pathetically sad. In his latest post, he even goes so far as deriving what we may learn about preaching the Gospel from the good doctor – who was neither a doctor nor a Christian. This is Christian leadership in […]

Preach with Authority, Not Authorities

A first-class book, The Mystery of Preaching, by James Black (pp. 127-28) warns against quoting. Paradoxically, the author relies on quotations, which I borrow. “Have you noticed,” asked James Denney, “that the Apostles seldom quote, except from the source of their authority?” “In my experience of listening to sermons,” declared George Adam Smith, “no art […]

August 17

Pastors, Be A Reservoir, Not A Canal

Note: Bernard would not be on my recommended list of preachers to read, unless you needed to learn how not to preach from the Bible, but every now and then, you find a nugget. The ideal for every preacher of doctrine: “If…you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a […]

Preaching ‘Special Day’ Sermons

Preaching ‘special day’ sermons is an American tradition. Along with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc, many pastors substitute the sermon with special occasion messages which are sentimental, humanitarian and patriotic. I’m all for American traditions, within reason, but it is troublesome to me that so many seem led to preach by what is expected from […]

June 14

The Lone Spurgeon

Preaching & the Spiritual Growth of Church Members

In my 51 years, of all the types and styles of preaching and teaching I have witnessed, there is none that so promotes and sustains the spiritual growth of local church members than expository preaching. It simply cannot be beat. While God does indeed work in various ways and means to strengthen our lives toward […]

Preaching from the Old Testament

While preparing for my most recent sermon from 2 Chronicles 32:31, I was asked by my wife what the text would be. When I told her, she asked me a question I’d been asked before, “Why do you preach so much from the Old Testament?” Good question. I can think of a few reasons. First, […]

The Man of God

Contrary to popular opinion, the man of God is not confined to the pulpit, nor hidden away in some secluded place, so as not to bother those whose hatred for truth and God knows no bounds. While there are those in this world who would desire such, it will not happen. The term ‘man of […]

Tony Miano – Unsent

This is more than disturbing. Brethren, if the local Church which you are a member of, in good standing, has not set you apart and recognized you as called of God, you should not be preaching at all. From Tony Miano’s own bio we learn that: Tony served as a chaplain for the Los Angeles […]

Preaching is Not Dialogue

Brethren, preaching is not a dialogue. It’s the proclamation of God’s whole counsel by a man called of God, set apart by the Church, more often than not to a people who want dialogue instead of submitting to God and pastoral authority. That’s preaching. If you want dialogue, you need repentance.

The Greater Cause

Silence regarding these things that are harming the Church does not bring glory to God, and your inaction helps no one. – Joel Taylor In 2011, according to one abortion statistic, there were approximately 1.2 million abortions. It’s an important issue, and one which is discussed and hotly debated in the blogosphere often. So is […]

Pulpit & Audience–Is It Biblical?

The idea of a preacher, a pulpit and an audience is certainly not a novel one. It is as ancient as the Scriptures themselves. In Nehemiah, chapter 8, verses 1-6, we find this testimony: And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they […]

Pull Yo’ Pants Up!

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. – Ecc. 11:9 This preacher drives a point home to […]

There’s No Such (Biblical) Thing As ‘Lay Preaching’

  Sharing the Gospel is not ‘preaching’ in the biblical sense. Yet, too often, it is assumed and called that, when in actuality, it is nothing more than a rejection of pastoral authority. Preaching involves being called of God for the office, being set apart by the Church and sent for that specific purpose. 

Street Preaching & The Example of Christ

  Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street. – Isaiah 42:1,2; cf. Matthew 12:18,19. Street-preaching today […]

Before You Preach Again

Preaching is no common matter to God. It is not common in the sense that He bestows His favor on just anyone who takes it upon themselves to do so. It is a gift of God, a calling, bestowed upon men of His choosing, an office to be highly esteemed, a place of honor among […]

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