Preaching the Word of God as the Word of God

What should we all have in common when it comes to preaching? A commitment to preaching the Word of God as the Word of God. The following three quotations come from theologians representing different theological traditions, but who speak with a unified voice on one...

Text-Centered Preaching vs. Text-Driven Preaching

What is the difference between a sermon that is “text-centered” and one that is “text-driven”? Expository preaching is preaching that is text-centered but not necessarily text-driven. Preaching that is text-driven best exemplifies what expository preaching is about....

JAMES S. STEWART – THE SCOTTISH CHRYSOSTOM

He died in 1990 at the age of 94. At the turn of this century, based on a survey done by Preaching magazine among their readers and editors, he was ranked as the most outstanding preacher of the 20th century. He was once Chaplain to the Queen of Scotland and New...

The Blood of Jesus Blots Out Our Sin!

Henry Grattan Guinness (1835–1910) was an Irish Protestant preacher, evangelist and author. He was one of the key evangelists of the Evangelical awakening and preached during the Ulster Revival of 1859 which drew thousands to hear him. He founded the famous East...

God is Light!

This statement, “God is light,” 1 John 1:5, has been interpreted in different ways. First, it could be a description of the visible manifestation of God’s glory. Second, some have seen in this statement a reference to God’s self-revelation to man. Light enables us to...

The Primacy of the Text

Several years ago, David Larsen, homiletician and author of an excellent history of preaching entitled The Company of the Preachers, spoke on “The Primacy of the Text.” It was a fabulous presentation. Here are some nuggets. On Puritan Preaching: It is not difficult to...

A Bit of Baseball History

Four cracks of the bat and history was made on June 15, 1947. It happened in the small mill town of Lindale, Georgia. Lindale was founded in the late 1800’s as a cotton mill town, and the Pepperell Dragons baseball team was the pride of the area. The sun beat down on...

The Atonement and the Resurrection

From my new book, The  Atonement:  A  Biblical,  Theological,  and  Historical  Study  of  the  Cross  of  Christ (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2019): The atonement of Christ is inextricably linked with...