April 30, 2017

The Impact of a Book

Wally Morris I collect different editions of John Broadus’ The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. I have 20 different editions of this book. Broadus was a Southern Baptist instrumental in starting Southern Seminary. I grew up in Southern Baptist churches but ended my association with SBC churches in the late 1970s as liberalism and neo-orthodoxy […]

FBFI Pulpit: Coming to Grips with God Given Gender

Chuck Phelps Gen 5.1-2 Click here for Audio Synopsis Confusion with regard to one’s gender is becoming increasingly prevalent in America.  How’s should a Christian respond?  The book of Genesis has the answer.  This sermon travels through the early chapters of Genesis in order to hear the Creator speak to our culture on gender-identity. [See […]

Listening to the Sermon

George Stiekes Admonition Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. Luke 8:18 How well you hear something will depend significantly on your interest level. How often do you find yourself stifling a […]

The Sermon and the “Sermonater”

George Stiekes Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15 Have you ever wondered all that the pastor must do in order to prepare a good sermon?

Preaching Old Testament Narratives, a review

Walton, Benjamin H. Preaching Old Testament Narratives. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2016. Reviewed by Don Johnson The average person in the pew probably has little interest in books on preaching. The possible exception might be those who are responsible for teaching Sunday school classes, especially for junior high and older young people. Preachers should always […]

The Right Use of the Law

Don Johnson The apostle Paul, in the first chapter of 1 Timothy opens with an exhortation to teach “no other doctrine.” He elaborates on this by a discussion of “the commandment” and “the law” which seems to run contrary to the way many people view the law these days. 1 Tim 1.5-8 Now the end […]

Why We Make Christmas Last All Month

Pastor Don Johnson Christmas is a problem for some, both Christians and non-Christians. I don’t mean the problems of materialism and the lack of “Christ in Christmas,” I mean the fact that Christmas is celebrated at all. For non-Christians, the objection is a matter of pride as they look down on “The Church” and its […]

Be Careful Who You Listen To

Don Johnson In discussing the interpretation of Psalm 44, my friend Mark Ward observes, “Psalm 44 doesn’t just express the nation’s feelings of frustration; it expresses their faith. They still instinctively reached out to Yahweh and not to other gods.” It strikes me that we can see this on display in Jeremiah 27 as well, […]

Truth through Personality (2)

Mark Minnick Yesterday we began an article by Dr. Minnick which introduced the lectures of Phillips Brooks on preaching. This article is an edited version of Brooks’ first lecture. The key idea of preaching, in Brooks’ terminology, is found in our title, “Truth through Personality.” Part One introduced these two components of preaching and then […]

Truth through Personality (1)

Mark Minnick One of the striking anomalies of church history is that God sometimes uses even unorthodox preachers to throw brilliant light on sacred subjects. A case in point is the 19th-century Episcopalian minister Phillips Brooks. Brooks considered himself an evangelical and even led in prayer during a series of evangelistic meetings held in Boston […]