You’ve probably been there. Whether it’s in a big stadium while attending a conference, or a small, rural church while attending a church service, most of you have experienced what many have nicknamed “The Altar Call.” The preacher has just gotten up and spent thirty or forty minutes delivering a sermon, but before he goes,… Continue reading The Pulpit Call
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33) The word "Oh" is short, but weighty. Have you thought about it? It carries many connotations. "Oh" is sometimes a way of communicating surprise, for example. A waiter informs us they… Continue reading Recovering “Oh!” In Gospel Proclamation
I visited this house last week. It looks like a normal, New England home. The pastel paint with dark shutters, pillared entryways, and two chimneys. But this house is anything from ordinary. Hundreds of years ago (246 years ago to be exact), the house belonged to Jonathan Parsons, the pastor of Old South Church in Newburyport,… Continue reading George Whitefield’s Last Sermon
The great British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones, as usual, made a striking declaration to his audience. “The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and most urgent need in the Church, it is the greatest need of the world also.” Of course, I believe Lloyd-Jones is right… Continue reading Verse-by-Verse or Bust?
Just short of ten years ago, my family closed the heavy metal door to the moving truck. My whole life, in one sense, was being transported across the country to Maryville, Tennessee. In another sense, though, my whole life was staying behind. Growing up in Cut-N’-Shoot, Texas, a population under 1500 residents, had its drawbacks,… Continue reading To Freeman
I advise you, when you hear a gospel sermon, and it is not in all respects to your satisfaction, be not too hasty to lay the whole blame upon the preacher. The Lord’s ministers have not much to say in their own behalf. They feel (it is to be hoped) their own weakness and defects,… Continue reading John Newton on Hearing Sermons
The landscape of books on pastoral ministry is so broad that it’s tough to discern what you’re going to get when picking up another book on the subject. You can almost categorize most of these books into simple summary statements: “Care about your leadership more than your people.” “You need the right charisma and strategy… Continue reading Book Review: The Imperfect Pastor (Zack Eswine)
This book review was very special for me. I am in the middle of beginning the process of actually putting my call to ministry into action. I pursued a degree in Audio Production in college, only to pretty much abandon my drive for a studio job to get in the thick of pursuing pastoral ministry.… Continue reading Book Review: The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry (Jared C. Wilson)