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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E.M. Bounds on the Kind of Man Preachers Need to Be

It was Robert Murray M’Cheyne who penned the immortal lines “It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.” That sentiment remains just … Continue reading

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J.I. Packer on Puritan Preaching

Over the next few months it’s my intention (D.V.) to post links to helpful audio resources on the subject of Pastoral ministry. I’d like to start by posting a link to an amazingly helpful lecture by J.I. Packer on preaching … Continue reading

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What Is Our Real Aim in Preaching?

Every minister must examine his motives for preaching the gospel in light of the final judgment as this anecdote from John Whitecross reminds us: “A minister, in the early part of the 17th century was preaching before an assembly of … Continue reading

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The Preaching of the Word

The Elements of Public Worship – III The Sound Preaching of the Word “Wherefore when this Word of God is now preached in the church by preachers lawfully called, we believe that the very Word of God is proclaimed, and … Continue reading

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Serving Up Canned Sermons?

Kim Riddlebarger has an excellent post here on the awful practice of Pastors “buying” their sermons from a sermon service. It should go without saying that this practice is about as antithetical to Old School Presbyterian Preaching as it comes, … Continue reading

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Recommended: John Broadus on the History of Preaching

While there are many books that discuss preaching, few have the kind of consistent insight you will find in Lectures on the History of Preaching by John Broadus (1827-1895). Essentially the text of a series of five lectures delivered by … Continue reading

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Brownlow North and Six Short Rules for Christians

Few things will be more important to a successful Old School Presbyterian (OSP) ministry than zeal in all of our duties, and in particular, our preaching. Knox Hyndman notes: “Preachers of the Gospel are dealing with truths which always ought … Continue reading

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Addressing Problems in Preaching…

While far too many contemporary pastors spend their time attempting to amuse, impress, and entertain their hearers, far too many conservative pastors tend to go in the opposite direction; the sermons they produce are dull, long-winded, and technical, and in … Continue reading

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