Encountering God Through Expository Preaching (Book Review)

It was not the beginning of the book, or the end of the book, that stopped me in my tracks, but the middle. Jim Scott Orrick, one of the writers of Encountering God Through Expository Preaching, tells a quick story of surveying audiences about what mode helped lead them to Christ: "How many of you… Continue reading Encountering God Through Expository Preaching (Book Review)

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The Pulpit Call

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

Recovering “Oh!” In Gospel Proclamation

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

George Whitefield’s Last Sermon

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

Verse-by-Verse or Bust?

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?

Book Review: The Imperfect Pastor (Zack Eswine)

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)

Book Review: The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry (Jared C. Wilson)

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)