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)

Full-Time​ Sermon Critics (Bucer)

 I'm thankful that God's people I serve in my pastoral ministry do not bombard me with harsh critiques of my sermons.  It's a blessing to minister to people who generally listen carefully and respect the preached Word.  Now, it is true that some people in the pews are constantly critical of biblical sermons.  This can… Continue reading Full-Time​ Sermon Critics (Bucer)

Sermons: Writing and Preaching (Kim)

I don't listen to too many online sermons.  Recently, however, I downloaded a sermon from a popular sermon hosting website since I had a long drive in front of me.  I simply downloaded one of the "popular" sermons on a text I was preaching in the future to help me start thinking about it.  To… Continue reading Sermons: Writing and Preaching (Kim)

Sermon Application (Or Lack Thereof)

Sadly, some biblically sound preaching lacks application.  One question that arises from this statement is, Why?  Why do preachers sometimes lack application in their sermons?  I appreciate Murray Capill’s reasons (listed and edited below) – and I’m convicted by this list myself!  Again, the question is, why do preachers struggle to apply biblical truth in… Continue reading Sermon Application (Or Lack Thereof)

How To Listen to a Sermon

This is a repost from May, 2008 Christopher Love (d. 1651), a Welsh Presbyterian pastor, wrote a helpful little book of sermons on mortification called The Mortified Christian (Morgan: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1998). The whole book is worth reading, but the last section is what I’ll note for now. The chapter is called “The… Continue reading How To Listen to a Sermon