Peace if possible. Truth at all costs. ~ Martin Luther

Missed It By That Much! How Humanistic Preaching Gets the Gospel Wrong

Browsing through the latest issue of “Preaching” Magazine this week (always at least 1 or 2 helpful articles), I was troubled again to read the page of suggested illustrations for spicing up sermons. Here’s an example: “Have you heard of any of these famous failures as reported in ‘Mental Floss’ magazine? Author Jack London was […]

The Preacher and Writer’s Block

I’ve been in the trenches as a lead pastor for over 20 years now.  Over that period I’ve preached 2 to 3 times each week to the congregations I’ve served, plus some other engagements I’ve been invited to from time to time, plus weddings and funerals. That means that, based on an average of 150 […]

What SHOULD Pastors Say About the Upcoming Election?

Last Friday, in Dispatches I highlighted a very important article in which the writer, Dr. Brian Lee, appealed to pastors to keep the pulpits free of politics and focused on the gospel. So, is it then my position that pastors have nothing to say in the run-up to such an important national event? Should we […]

Swinging the Hammer of God’s Word

“Is not My word like … a hammer that breaks the rocks in pieces.” Jeremiah 23:29 This text conjures up for me the image of a man on a chain gang, singing in cadence with his comrades as they swing their sledgehammers down onto granite boulders. Blow after blow is made, and you wonder if […]

“Simplicity in Preaching” by J.C. Ryle [Review]

Pastor Al recently purchased a number of copies of this wonderful little booklet and gave me one. It’s based on a lecture delivered at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, on behalf of the Homiletical Society by J.C. Ryle (who Spurgeon called “an evangelical champion . . . One of the bravest and best of men.”) What a great (and […]

How To Listen to Preaching for Maximum Benefit

The preaching of God’s Word is a sacred act. When it is faithful to the Scriptures and done in dependence on God, He speaks through it. The moment does not belong exclusively to the preacher, but in fact it belongs to the whole church, to whom it is a means of grace. Every Christian, accordingly, […]

What Should Your Preacher Be Doing? Two Bible Pictures

There is no alternative program for the building up of God’s Church to replace preaching. It is God’s ordained means (1 Corinthians 1:21; Titus 1:3; 2 Timothy 4:2.) So, the Bible gives us quite a bit of instruction about how to preach, including prescriptions on the content of our preaching and examples of powerful sermons. […]

My Top 5 Favorite Preachers Today

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 […]

Sermon – The Madhouse of the Universe

Oswald J. Smith was the Pastor of The People’s Church in Toronto, Canada. He had a burning passion for evangelism, and over the course of his ministry raised millions of dollars for the cause of world missions. He popularized the Faith Promise system of prioritizing missions giving that is still used in thousands of local […]

Just Launched – New Sermon Podcast

BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT: Now you can listen to some of the weekly messages I preach at First Assembly online.   Click the “Podcast” tab at the top of this blog page and you’ll find my new Sermon Media Player Podcast. For now, I’ve uploaded a selection of messages that I had readily available on CD. I’ll […]

Viva La Reformacion!

I have been sensing the dealings of God in my heart for some months now; speaking with other pastors and church leaders I am encouraged that many are feeling challenged in remarkably similar ways. It’s my conviction that God is preparing a remnant in the church for an awakening. Indeed it’s already underway in seed […]