There are few things quite like heart surgery to remind us of our mortality. And for the preacher, this reminder is invaluable.
If you were asked to describe typical preaching in the American church, what would you say? Would your answer be an encouragement or an indictment?
The Advent season is designed to take up the grand narrative of the Bible and hold it before the church in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
A sermon is a divinely authorized announcement of God’s truth. It is a proclamation of the great history of redemption as much as it is the transmission of data.
Pastors must not neglect the New Testament’s teaching on the centrality of preaching for disciple-making.
As the pulpit goes, so goes the church.
The modern evangelical church sometimes seems to assume that whatever its theology, piety, and practice is must be (a priori) that of the ancient church when, in fact, much of its theology, piety, and practice is very modern indeed.
James isn’t crazy in his talk of joy in trials. He’s a faithful pastor.
What if we read the Old Testament the way Jesus read it? How would that change our Bible reading and our churches?
The songs sung in most evangelical congregations today are upbeat, uplifting, and therapeutic. Psalm 137 is a brutally honest song. It is a sad song. It is a compelling song to be sung in hope.