John Owen on the Greatest Benefit of Preaching

John Owen on the Greatest Benefit of Preaching

This pastor has often been humbled during Sunday evening messages when I’ve made reference to the morning sermon, only to be met with blank stares from the congregation. These moments have provided me an excellent opportunity to laugh at myself, embrace humility, and remember that apart from Christ, I can do nothing. Yet they can also raise some more troubling thoughts: . . .

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Preaching the Glory of God from the Old Testament

Preaching the Glory of God from the Old Testament

Moses said, “Show me your glory” (Ex 33:18). This request was made by Moses following the Lord’s acceptance of his intercession on behalf of idolatrous Israel. God had threatened the removal of His presence from His people because of their sin, and, according to the narrative, Moses’ pleading for God to relent from this unthinkable . . . 

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Preaching an Exclusive Gospel in an Inclusive Age

Preaching an Exclusive Gospel in an Inclusive Age

Deep within the soul of every expositor, there must reside an unwavering commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Regardless of the cultural currents of the day, he must be persuaded that faith in Jesus Christ alone is the only way of salvation. From Genesis to Revelation, the whole Scripture speaks with one voice. Simply put, there is not one drop of saving grace outside the . . .

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The Reason for Everything

The Reason for Everything

“Praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.” (Ps 148:13) In the entire universe, there is nothing loftier or more important than the glory of the Lord. God’s glory constitutes the whole purpose for which we were created. Indeed, this is the ultimate reason for everything that has ever happened—from the dawn of creation until now. “The heavens . . .

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A Lifelong Pursuit

A Lifelong Pursuit

Becoming an effective expository preacher is a lifelong process. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once remarked that preachers are born, not made. That is to say, only God can make a preacher. True, but preachers can be developed. One specific way for any expositor to advance to the next level in his preaching is by observing and learning from other gifted preachers. In this sense, . . . 

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The Unique Power of the Preached Word

The Unique Power of the Preached Word

Readers of this blog will not likely need any convincing that biblical preaching is important. Perhaps fewer of us have ever considered what makes the preaching of the Word uniquely powerful in the Christian’s life, even more than private Bible reading. Perhaps you have experienced this for yourself. You’ve read a particular passage of Scripture . . . 

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John Broadus's Advice to Preachers

John Broadus's Advice to Preachers

John Albert Broadus (1827–1895), was a founding faculty member and the second president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was also perhaps the premier Southern Baptist preacher of the nineteenth century. His more famous contemporary, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, called Broadus “the greatest of living preachers;” many others still laud him as “the prince of . . . 

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