Pastors Need the Gospel Too! (Newton)

On June 13, 1772, John Newton wrote a letter to a fellow pastor who had been struggling with sin in his life. Newton comforted his Christian brother by pointing him to Christ. He also noted that a pastor's struggle with sin helps him preach better to fellow struggling sinners. Furthermore, a pastor's realization of his …

Preaching with Patience (Mc’Cheyne)

Have you ever heard an angry man preach an angry sermon? It’s usually not an edifying situation and it seems to put fuel on the fire of other people’s anger. Angry preaching makes angry people. In fact, Scripture calls preachers to preach with all patience: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of …

Pray Earnestly For Faithful Preachers (Bucer)

Although the reformer Martin Bucer (d. 1551) wrote these words over 450 years ago, they are very applicable and pertinent today. Notice how he talks about people who constantly criticize a pastor's preaching: ...It is the Lord's will to rule among us through his appointed ministry, as we have explained in the second and third …

The Keys of the Kingdom

In Matthew 16:19 Jesus taught his disciples about the keys of the kingdom: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (NIV). Because the teaching of the keys of the kingdom …

God’s Word Is Not Bound!

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul wrote this wonderful truth: The word of God cannot be chained (NLT) (ὁ λόγος τοῦ θεοῦ οὐ δέδεται NA28) [2 Tim. 2:9b]. When studying this phrase today I found a great short comment on this verse by Chrysostom (d. 407). Any cloud passing over our skies may from …

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