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)

I Know More Than My Pastor (Ridgley)

It does happen sometimes when a regular member of the church has more doctrinal or biblical knowledge than his or her pastor. For example, sometimes seminary professors are regular members of a church. For another example, sometimes church members take Bible or theology classes and have spent more time studying a certain book or topic… Continue reading I Know More Than My Pastor (Ridgley)

A Critical, Scolding, Fault-Finding Ministry? (Grimke)

Sadly, some preaching is full of critical, fault-finding, and inflammatory themes and tones. Some preachers develop a hypercritical attitude and it constantly shows up in their preaching and teaching. All they ever seem to do is criticize other people and positions. And, of course, sometimes laypeople who constantly hear hypercritical sermons develop hypercritical attitudes themselves.… Continue reading A Critical, Scolding, Fault-Finding Ministry? (Grimke)