John Calvin’s Goals as an Expositor of Scripture

For God there is nothing higher than preaching the gospel, because it is the means to lead people to salvation.[1]             In his ministry John Calvin was in full agreement with Martin Luther’s saying that “the ears alone are the organ of a Christian”. (COP, 37) Calvin believed that the verbal proclamation of God’s wordContinue reading “John Calvin’s Goals as an Expositor of Scripture”

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Missional Preaching in a Post-Christendom World

How can preaching inspire and shape a church to share the goodness of God in Jesus Christ with neighbors near and far, in words and deeds? How can reaching equip and send the people of God to be the people of God in the world and for the world? Because the only way the worldContinue reading “Missional Preaching in a Post-Christendom World”

Preaching in a T.G.I.F. World

TGIF! We live in a TGIF world – what Leonard Sweet calls the “Twitter” – “Google” – “Instagram” – “Facebook” world. People do not only consume these forms of social media (the Google empire really is a form of social media), people are altered by these forms of media, and this alteration affects peoples habitsContinue reading “Preaching in a T.G.I.F. World”

Book Review – A Commentary on Judges and Ruth by Robert Chisholm

There are a few Old Testament scholars that I gravitate towards – Brueggemann, Block, Beale, (The B-Team), John Goldingay, and Robert Chisholm. When I venture into the strange world of the Old Testament, that is when I am asked to fill in for an OT class at EBC, I turn to these guys as dialogueContinue reading “Book Review – A Commentary on Judges and Ruth by Robert Chisholm”

Two Types of Preaching – Cognitive and Affective

I read and write a lot while on planes, so when I knew I would be spending 30 or so hours going to Liberia and back I knew I was supposed to take some books I had planned on taking time to read and think deeply about but hadn’t had the time to do soContinue reading “Two Types of Preaching – Cognitive and Affective”

Preaching in the Tradition of Jonathan Edwards

My hope in writing this post is that you would be encouraged to learn about preaching from one of the greatest American (British!) preachers that ever lived…. As you know I am very interested in the theology of Jonathan Edwards. Over my career as a student at Fuller I have written many papers on JonathanContinue reading “Preaching in the Tradition of Jonathan Edwards”