Calvin’s Forgettable Sermon

This book, Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the Time of Calvin is a fascinating look into the historical context of the Protestant Reformation in one city: Geneva, Switzerland. The book is an English translation of the notes that the consistory of the Reformed church in Geneva took between 1542 and 1544. It's full… Continue reading Calvin’s Forgettable Sermon

Preaching and the Lord’s Supper (Vos)

The Christian pastor's duty is to consistently and clearly preach the whole counsel of God which has Christ at the center (Acts 20:27; 2 Cor. 1:20; 1 Cor. 9:16, etc.). Christian sermons must come out of the Christian Scriptures which are all about Christ. And this reality also has to do with the Lord's Supper.… Continue reading Preaching and the Lord’s Supper (Vos)

Preaching…Not A Running Commentary (Ferguson)

In his collection of previously published articles (Some Pastors and Teachers), Sinclair Ferguson shared some of his helpful thoughts on preaching in the chapter called "Exegetical Preaching." (This chapter is also found in the 1986 book, "The Preacher and Preaching" - edited by Samuel T. Logan.) I appreciated the section where Ferguson noted that exegetical/expository… Continue reading Preaching…Not A Running Commentary (Ferguson)

Preaching, Publicity, and Fame (Grimke)

I've mentioned this book here before: Meditations on Preaching by Francis Grimke. Although born into slavery in 1850, Grimke was freed at a young age. Sadly, he was later captured and sold back into slavery. After the Civil War he went on to college and then attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1878.… Continue reading Preaching, Publicity, and Fame (Grimke)

Nearness to God and Public Worship (Nye)

There are times in the Christian life when it seems like God is far away, when it doesn't feel like the Lord is near. We know Jesus promised to be with us always, but sometimes it just doesn't seem that way. To be sure, God's people throughout history have experienced this. More than a few… Continue reading Nearness to God and Public Worship (Nye)