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...

4 KEY PRINCIPLES OF PREACHING

As one who has listened to preaching for more than 50 years, studied it for more than 40 years, and taught it for 30 years, I am always thankful for those who faithfully preach the Word. However, many of today’s pulpits are filled with their fair share of curiosities,...

Preaching Forgiveness? Try Philemon

Today’s church needs a good dose of preaching on forgiveness. There is no better place to do so than Paul’s one-chapter epistle to Philemon. The letter oozes forgiveness. If I were preaching a series of sermons on Philemon, one resource I would use is O. S. Hawkin’s...

Why I Love Commentaries, and You Should Too!

I have always loved books. When I was called to preach at age 16, a retired minister gave me 400 volumes from his library. Since then, I have been something of a collector of theological books, including hundreds of commentaries. These have served as treasured...

Preaching by the Numbers

Charles Seife’s Proofiness: How You’re Being Fooled by the Numbers is nothing short of fascinating. For some reason, most people are addicted to the stupefying combination of numbers and credibility. “If you want to get people to believe something really, really...