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)

Preaching: “So Weighty A Service”

One of the major and most important things that the Westminster Assembly (1643-1653) did for the Church of England was reforming the pastoral ministry. During the first part of the 17th Century in many areas of England there was a shortage of good biblical preaching. In fact, there was a shortage of preaching in general.… Continue reading Preaching: “So Weighty A Service”

The Responsibility of the Preacher (Kuyper)

I appreciate how Abraham Kuyper discussed the call of the gospel and the pastor's duty in proclaiming that call: This “calling” is a summons. It is not merely the calling of one to tell him something, but a call implying the command to come; or a beseeching call, as when St. Paul prays: “As tho… Continue reading The Responsibility of the Preacher (Kuyper)

A Preacher Who Does Not Preach God’s Word (Luther)

In a Christmas Day sermon in 1521 Martin Luther preached on the advent story in Luke 2. Luther touched on many points in this sermon, including the message of the angels and the reality that Christ is the fulfillment of so many Old Testaments promises and prophecies. At one point when Luther was talking about… Continue reading A Preacher Who Does Not Preach God’s Word (Luther)