A list like this, of course, is very subjective, and I hasten to add that this is not some “fan” list; I do not wish to adulate or idolize these men. They are simply preachers that I find consistently helpful – they encourage my spiritual growth.
I also set the criteria for this list that they had to be currently active preachers.
If I were considering preachers you can still get audio for, but who are no longer preaching, the list would be headed by Dr.Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and would include such legends as Adrian Rogers, Stephen Olford, Leonard Ravenhill, Alan Redpath and Vance Havner.
Disclaimers aside, here’s my current list:
1. Paul Washer. Don’t listen to Washer if you want a fuzzy, feel-good, message to tickle your ears. He is a clarion voice challenging the issues plaguing the church today. His sermon “10 Indictments” was possibly the most impacting message of the last couple of years; a kind of “shot heard around the world”. You should also watch his address a few years ago at a Youth Evangelism Conference.
2. John Macarthur Jr. One of the finest expository preachers in the world today, and through The Master’s Seminary he has been at the forefront of a resurgence of the craft, inspiring a whole new generation of young preachers to be committed to Biblical preaching.
3. Alistair Begg. Brilliant insights into Scripture with a disarmingly personable style. And you just have to love his Scottish voice.
4. Ray Comfort. What a humble servant of God. Comfort has stayed on message for years now, and the result is a whole movement of young evangelists committed to taking accurate and passionate gospel preaching to the streets. His sermons, “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and “True & False Conversions” are MUST listens.
5. Jim Cymbala. Living just an hour out of New York City, we have the privilege of being able to get to Brooklyn Tabernacle a few times each year for their Tuesday Night prayer meeting. Over 3000 people gathered midweek to pray! Cymbala’s preaching is intensely pastoral, and he never fails to bring a rich sense of God’s presence as he speaks. His sermon at “The Gathering” a few years back has been watched around the world.
I’d love to hear any names you might include on your own favorites list. Leave a comment.
P.S. Get the fascinating docudrama “C.H.Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers”