LET THE EARTH HEAR HIS VOICE – Greg R. Scharf (2015)

Preaching is at the very heart of the New Testament church. Yet many preachers find themselves struggling to prepare, lack the exegetical and theological tools to research adequately, and struggle to deliver sermons that connect with people. Greg R. Scharf identifies some of these homiletical struggles in his new book, Let the Earth Hear HisContinue reading “LET THE EARTH HEAR HIS VOICE – Greg R. Scharf (2015)”

Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism – Tim Keller (2015)

The two words that immediately come to mind when considering Tim Keller’s new book is this: rocket fuel.  Keller’s book is a supercharged approach to expository preaching. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism stands alone in book market that includes several approaches to preaching.  Some books provide preachers with the nuts and bolts or theContinue reading “Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism – Tim Keller (2015)”

EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING – David Helm (2014)

Some guys are telling stories from the comfort of a stool.  Others are ranting about politics or psychology.  Many are waxing eloquent about pop culture and exploring the benefits of modern technology.  These well-intentioned fellows may hold an audience and they may attract a crowd.  But one thing is for sure: they’re not preaching. DavidContinue reading “EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING – David Helm (2014)”

A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF PREACHING – Jason C. Meyer (2013)

Anyone who fills John Piper’s shoes deserves to be heard.  That’s my attitude about Jason C. Meyer, the young pastor who recently accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  John Piper writes the forward to Meyer’s new book, A Biblical Theology of Preaching.  Piper eagerly endorses the newContinue reading “A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF PREACHING – Jason C. Meyer (2013)”

LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 9

Chapter 16: Spurgeon and Baptists in America Of course, Spurgeon’s influence was felt around the world but his influence in America was especially profound.  George Truett pays the Prince of Preachers a wonderful compliment: “[He] had no sort of fellowship with the nerveless, hazy, intellectual libertinism that plays fast and loose with the eternal veritiesContinue reading “LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 9”

LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 8

Chapter 13: Theology and Controversy “We do not wish to fight; but if we do, we hope that the pity will be needed by those with whom we contend.”  Spurgeon was not one to pick a fight but when truth was on the line, he didn’t back down either.  He bravely battled Arminians and Hyper-Calvinists.Continue reading “LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 8”

LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 7

Chapter 10: Theological Foundations for a Benevolent Ministry Spurgeon placed the highest priority on the Word of God and proclaimed the truth of Scripture with blood-earnest faithfulness.  But he also had a burden for practical ministry: “We want more Christian ministries of the practical sort.”   He was the primary visionary behind the Orphanage forContinue reading “LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 7”

LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 6

Chapter 6: Spurgeon’s Message of Christ’s Atoning Sacrifice “The Lord Jesus Christ on his cross of redemption was the center, circumference, and summation of the preaching ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon,” writes Nettles.  This is the theme that readers are drawn to again and again in this excellent biography.  A few direct citations from SpurgeonContinue reading “LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 6”

LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 5

Chapter 5 : Theological Method and Content The author places the spot light on the most prominent feature of Spurgeon’s ministry, namely, the proclamation of the gospel. While Spurgeon attracted thousands of admirers over the course of his ministry, he was also plagued with critics and naysayers. Nettles notes, “Spurgeon quickly learned that a preacherContinue reading “LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 5”

LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 4

Chapter 3: The Metropolitan Tabernacle The construction of the Metropolitan Tabernacle was a watershed moment in Spurgeon’s ministry.  Nettles remarks, “He believed that the completion of the Tabernacle signaled an advance for the gospel in the whole city.”  Spurgeon’s new pulpit became the sounding board for the doctrines of grace which began in London butContinue reading “LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 4”