Category Archives: Preaching

Book Write-Up: Preaching Old Testament Narratives, by Benjamin H. Walton

Benjamin H. Walton.  Preaching Old Testament Narratives.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Ministry, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Benjamin H. Walton has a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has lectured at many Christian universities and seminaries. As the title … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: A Little Handbook for Preachers

Mary S. Hulst.  A Little Handbook for Preachers: Ten Practical Ways to a Better Sermon by Sunday.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Mary Hulst is a college chaplain and has been a professor of … Continue reading

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Thomas the Public Speaker

On page 447 of Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist, which is a biography of six-time Socialist candidate for President Norman Thomas, W.A. Swanberg quotes New Republic editor Bruce Bliven’s assessment in 1963 of Norman Thomas’ public speaking abilities: “He has … Continue reading

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Cleansing Others, and the Thankless Job

I have two items for today, both of them related to my daily quiet time in the Book of Numbers: 1.  In Numbers 19, we see the law concerning the red heifer, whose ashes are mixed with water to purify … Continue reading

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Intense, Anti-Establishment, Funeral, Ecstasy, and Quietness

There were a variety of interesting things in my latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life. —-Marsden talks about Edwards’ famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”.  Marsden discusses the subject matter of the sermon, … Continue reading

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A Powerful Sermon Series

For my write-up today on George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life, I’ll use as my starting-point something that Marsden says on page 195, as he talks about a long sermon series that Jonathan Edwards gave about the history of redemption, … Continue reading

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If People Can’t Help What They Believe…

My latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life covered a variety of topics: the growing influence of Anglicanism in early eighteenth New England, which concerned a number of Puritans; Jonathan Edwards’ prophetic speculation, as he calculated that Christ … Continue reading

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An Interactive Sermon

At church this morning, I was thinking about where my pastor is effective in terms of his homiletical style.  The pastor was asking the congregation questions about redwood trees to illustrate a sermon point, and a child was answering one … Continue reading

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What’s It Have to Do with Me?

Even though my sermon is over and done with, I have another post about preaching within me! I remember reading something by Pastor John MacArthur about preaching.  (I’ll be relying on my memory of what I read, and that may … Continue reading

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My Sermon, the Book of Job, and the Rest of This Morning’s Service

I did my sermon this morning!  As I preached my sermon and looked at my audience, I couldn’t exactly tell if they liked or disliked my message.  But I got some good feedback after the service, and my pastor asked … Continue reading

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