Preaching and the Holy Spirit (Kuyper)

 Most of us know that God uses preachers to bring the gospel to the lost (Rom 10:14).  It's equally true that the preacher is not the one who deserves credit when someone comes to saving faith in Christ (cf. Acts 16:14).  In Reformed theology, we say that ordinarily God effectually calls the elect by the… Continue reading Preaching and the Holy Spirit (Kuyper)

The Church Is Greater Than Her Pastors (Turretin)

In the era of celebrity pastors and famous preachers who have thousands of "likes" and (sadly) even fans, it's very important to remember that Christ's church is greater than her pastors.  Pastors serve for 10, 20, or 30 years; maybe sometimes they even serve 50 or 60 years.  Then they die and someone else takes… Continue reading The Church Is Greater Than Her Pastors (Turretin)

How Should a Pastor Treat His Wife? (Miller)

A pastor's marriage is a very important part of his life and ministry.  A pastor should be an excellent Christian example of what it means for a husband to serve, cherish, nourish, and love his wife in a humble, Christ-like way.  Samuel Miller (d. 1850) gave some outstanding advice along these lines: As a clergyman… Continue reading How Should a Pastor Treat His Wife? (Miller)

Sermon Preparation and Preaching

Preaching, like any other calling and skill, requires much preparation and continual training/learning.  Preachers are life-long students of the Word, of Christ, of homiletics, of people, of grammar/syntax, of stories, and so forth.  One book I recently read – and recommend – on the topic of sermon preparation is Unashamed Workmen edited by Rhett Dodson.… Continue reading Sermon Preparation and Preaching

The Impoverishment of Contemporary Preaching

 Conversations with Barth on Preaching by William Willimon is – even though I don’t agree with all of it – an excellent book about homiletics.  I’ve mentioned this book on the blog before, so I won’t go into it, but I do think preachers will benefit from it.  Here’s a part I was (re)reading today:… Continue reading The Impoverishment of Contemporary Preaching