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)”

LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 1

Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom Nettles is a magnum opus if I ever saw one.  The subtitle nicely summarizes the path that is set before readers as they study the rich biography of the Prince of Preachers and gain insight into the theological landscape that dominatedContinue reading “LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles (2013) Part 1”

THE KIND OF PREACHING GOD BLESSES – Steven J. Lawson (2013)

There is a crisis in the church, a crisis of preaching that is both expository and biblical.  Dr. Steven Lawson identifies this crisis in his newest book, The Kind of Preaching God Blesses.  And while Lawson takes time to uncover the preaching crisis, the lion’s share of the book is a measured antidote; an antidote thatContinue reading “THE KIND OF PREACHING GOD BLESSES – Steven J. Lawson (2013)”

WORDS, PROPOSITIONS, AND PROCLAMATION

We live in a day where words, propositions, and proclamation is met with suspicion and skepticism.  But living in postmodern times should not prevent Christ-followers from faithfully proclaiming the Word of God.  Paul the apostle instructs the believers in Colossae: “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may presentContinue reading “WORDS, PROPOSITIONS, AND PROCLAMATION”

THE SUPREMACY OF GOD IN PREACHING – John Piper (1990)

Some books merit a quick scan.  Others deserve a careful read.  Few books need to be read over and over.  The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper is such a book.  This is my fourth time through Piper’s powder keg. Part One – Why God Should be Supreme in Preaching Part one followsContinue reading “THE SUPREMACY OF GOD IN PREACHING – John Piper (1990)”

WHAT IS BIBLICAL PREACHING?

Eric J. Alexander has hit the bulls-eye in his little book, What is Biblical Preaching? While not designed to be a textbook on the subject, it adequately describes the preaching task. Alexander maintains that biblical preaching can be boiled down to eight key propositions: 1. Biblical preaching is fundamental in its importance. 2. Biblical preachingContinue reading “WHAT IS BIBLICAL PREACHING?”

THE PURITAN VIEW OF PREACHING

“The Puritan view was that preaching ‘gospel sermons’ means teaching the whole Christian system – the character of God, the Trinity, the plan of salvation, the entire work of grace.  To preach Christ, they held, involved preaching all this.  Preach less, they would tell us, and what you do preach will not be properly grasped.”Continue reading “THE PURITAN VIEW OF PREACHING”

THE PRIORITY OF PREACHING – Christopher Ash (2009)

Christopher Ash has a simple goal in his book, The Priority of Preaching.  He seeks to encouraged pastors. Ash begins by stressing the authority of the preached word.  The thesis utilizes the book of Deuteronomy: “We must listen to the voice of the Christian preacher because he is the prophet in our generation as MosesContinue reading “THE PRIORITY OF PREACHING – Christopher Ash (2009)”

HE IS NOT SILENT: PREACHING IN A POSTMODERN WORLD – Al Mohler (2009)

Dr. Al Mohler has written a clear book that describes the mandate to preach God’s Word faithfully and authoritatively.  He Is Not Silent is not to be confused with preaching methodology.  Rather, Mohler’s concern is to develop a biblical theology of preaching. Specifically, Mohler presses the need for men of God to preach expository sermons. Continue reading “HE IS NOT SILENT: PREACHING IN A POSTMODERN WORLD – Al Mohler (2009)”