Tag Archives: Expository Preaching

Look at the Book Preview

The folks at Desiring God have put together a sweet demonstration from John Piper’s new Bible reading and sermon prep series.

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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Video


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Morning Coffee

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • Poverty in the Prosperity Gospel
  • If health and wealth, power and prestige is what God desires for His people, than the early church failed miserably; often suffering persecution and poverty.

  • What Does Amen Mean?
  • It has been said that the Methodists like to shout “Fire,” the Baptists like to shout “Water,” and the Presbyterians like to softly say, “Order, order.” Nevertheless, in spite of the idiosyncrasies of various ecclesiastical persuasions, the function of the word amen far transcends denominational usages in the modern era.

  • 6 Reasons Not to Abandon Expository Preaching
  • Our aim as preachers is not to be the most erudite scholar of the age. Our aim is not to titillate and amuse. Our aim is not to build a big church. Our aim is to take the sacred text, explain what it means, tie it to other scriptures so people can see the whole a little better, and apply it to life so it bites and heals, instructs, and edifies.

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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Links


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The Mighty Luther

The Mighty Luther

Today, Dr. Steve Lawson spent at least two hours lecturing on Martin Luther during his History of Expository Preaching class at the Master’s Seminary. Two hours was not enough time.

Martin Luther was a preaching machine. He often delivered as many as four sermons a day (over six thousand total) when he wasn’t teaching. According to section CCCXCVII of his Table-Talks, a good preacher should:

  • Teach systematically
  • Have a ready wit
  • Be eloquent
  • Have a good voice
  • Have a good memory
  • Know when to make an end
  • Be sure of his doctrine
  • Venture and engage body and blood, wealth and honor, in the Word
  • Suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of everyone

Luther was a man’s preacher who defended his flock and refused to shy from conflict.

A preacher must be both soldier and shepherd. He must nourish, defend, and teach; he must have teeth in his mouth, and be able to bite and fight.

Unflinchingly bold and vividly expressive, he burned with passion and compelling rhetoric. Luther also refused to mince words and hold punches when the times required him to drop the staff and pick up the sword.

Don’t believe me? Behold the LUTHER INSULTER! (with citations)

A more comprehensive list can be found here (as well as the compiler’s explanation).

The “Mighty Luther” was mighty indeed!

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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in Article


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