Category Archives: Preaching

Wonder Bread Preaching

I was listening to a show on Christian radio yesterday and the host mentioned that what American Christians need and want is deep, compelling, convicting, expository, and doctrinal preaching. She’s not the first person I’ve heard on the radio who … Continue reading

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Common Problems In Modern Preaching

Since my conversion in 1993, I’ve listened to a lot of sermons, ancient and modern, reformed and non-reformed, and I’ve noticed that every age in the church has had its own persistent problems in preaching – for instance ancient sermons … Continue reading

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And You Thought YOUR Pastor Preached Long Sermons!

Very few congregations today can endure a sermon for longer than one hour, and it’s common to hear complaints when a sermon exceeds 45 minutes in length. But it’s worth noting that in the past Reformed Christians regularly endured and … Continue reading

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The Self Promoting Pastor – “If Angels Could Weep, It Would Be At Folly Like This”

John Brown of Edinburgh (1784-1853) offers the following sound advice to pastors in his commentary on Galatians. It seems particularly apt in our age of celebrity pastors and evangelists: “Egotism, or a disposition to bring forward a person’s self, is … Continue reading

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W.G.T. Shedd on the Importance of Preaching and Teaching on the Reality of Hell

Preaching that dwells on or even mentions the reality of hell and eternal punishment has fallen into disfavor these days, but in his The Doctine of Endless Punishment, Reformed Theologian W.G.T. Shedd pointed out why we must continue to preach … Continue reading

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The Three Basic Forms of Defective Preaching

It seems to me that there are three ways you can preach the gospel defectively and as a result not see much if any lasting fruit: 1)  The First and Most Catastrophic form of defective preaching is preaching that is … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading “What is Biblical Preaching?” by Eric Alexander

Pastors are sometimes more reticent than reporters when it comes to revealing their sources. But I’ll go ahead and and let you know that I first encountered EM Bound’s advice regarding the link between the pastor’s piety and the power … Continue reading

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