What makes for a good sermon? Sound exegesis? An understanding of passage's place in redemptive history? Quality application? These are necessary, of course. But you can have these things and still be a terrible preacher because your communication is incoherent and your organization sloppy. The art of communicating the sermon---homiletics---is just as vital as focusing on exegesis and theology. As I … Continue reading Preacher: Be Clear and Concise!
One of the great joys of being a pastor is that taking time to read books is part of the job. You cannot effectively teach, shepherd, rebuke, exhort, and develop yourself in mind and heart without reading good books. The great British preacher Charles Spurgeon said, "Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will … Continue reading A Reading List for 2014
Ruth is a literary masterpiece. Death. Suspense. Love. Brokenness. Redemption. Often we think it is mainly about a romantic encounter between a strong man-hunk and an unworthy pauper girl. That’s in there, of course, and it certainly adds to the drama. The author knew what he was doing–it draws us in! Ruth is, however, mainly … Continue reading Reading Ruth: Four Themes to Keep in Mind
Jason Meyer. Preaching: A Biblical Theology. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. $16.73 (Amazon). 368 pp. Some of the best books on preaching contribute to the larger conversation with one or two insights that no other book seems to make. That's why most preachers have several books on preaching on their shelves. Those who are familiar with evangelical … Continue reading Review: Preaching: A Biblical Theology
I answer that question in a portion of my sermon last Sunday on Psalm 47 titled, "God Is King of All the Earth." Let me start by saying the psalms are not primarily meant to teach us theology. They do that, of course. The theology of the psalms is deep, it’s robust. Theology literally means … Continue reading What Are the Psalms Designed to Do?
Fred Sanders. Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. $14.79 (Amazon). 262 pp. When I was first introduced to Reformed theology, I quickly labeled John Wesley as a no-zone for developing my beliefs. This was due mostly to the waywardness of many Wesleyan and Methodist churches today. Associating Wesley … Continue reading Review: Wesley on the Christian Life
You may not find a better answer than J.I. Packer's from his introduction to John Owen's The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. It is certainly more than five points: In the first place, Calvinism is something much broader than the 'five points' indicate. Calvinism is a whole world-view, stemming from a clear vision of … Continue reading What is Calvinism?
Watch this 6-minute video from John Piper about John Calvin's ministry in Geneva, Switzerland. http://vimeo.com/50857619 HT: Desiring God
Here's an 8-minute interview with Kevin DeYoung about his new(ish) book The Hole in Our Holiness. Desiring God will post other short videos in the next week from the rest of the interview. http://vimeo.com/49634783
John Calvin is often black-eyed because of his aggressive, sometimes virulent personality. Even the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church claims that “Calvin was the ‘cruel’ and ‘the unopposed dictator of Geneva.’” Bruce Gordon, a Calvin biographer, states that Calvin knew how to manipulate relationships, intimidate, bully, and humiliate. In other words, he was a normal human being … Continue reading Was John Calvin a Heretic-Burning Maniac?