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Is Expository Preaching Boring?

Tom Patton | March 31, 2015

According to some recent surveys, the experience of sitting through the average expository sermon is tantamount to being invited to a yawning contest. Many church-goers view expository preachers as odd fellows who stand before a crowd of people and dryly recite abstract references from academic commentaries while the people are left sleeping with their eyes […]

Preaching by the Book

Matt Waymeyer | March 30, 2015

In September of 1982—more than a decade before the rise of the Internet—journalist Allen Neuharth launched a newspaper that would revolutionize the world of print media. What made USA Today so unique is that its approach and design were based on the most thorough market research ever performed on behalf of a newspaper. By surveying […]

The First Seminary

Nathan Busenitz | March 27, 2015

A biblical justification for seminary education might be made from a number of passages, from Matthew 28:19 (and its emphasis on teaching disciples) to 2 Timothy 2:2 (and its emphasis on leadership training) to Titus 1:9 (and its emphasis on elders being equipped to articulate and defend the faith). But there is a short passage […]

Faculty Breakout Sessions: Inerrancy Conference

Nathan Busenitz | March 23, 2015

Last week, MP3 audio of the TMS faculty breakout sessions was put on the seminary’s media page. We’ve put links to each of the eleven faculty sessions here, to provide our readers with easy access. They are listed below in alphabetical order of the speaker. William D. Barrick — Tough Texts and Problem Passages: Evaluating Alleged Contradictions on […]

Preaching Affects Everything

Brian Biedebach | March 20, 2015

Is Preaching Everything? I recently had a conversation with a pastor who was developing some training material for pastors in Africa. He had asked me to review the material, and when I asked him why there was such a low emphasis on preaching, he said to me, “I don’t buy into this ‘preaching is everything’ […]

When an Unbeliever Dies: Offering Comfort without Distorting the Truth

George Lawson | March 19, 2015

Thankfully, there are words of comfort and truth that we can share with those who grieve, even when we are uncertain about the eternal destiny of their loved one who died. We don’t have to abandon the truth of Scripture in order to offer consolation when an unbeliever dies.

The Pastor as a Shepherd

John MacArthur | March 17, 2015

The New Testament often depicts spiritual leaders as shepherds of God’s flock. It is an appropriate image, because a shepherd leads, feeds, comforts, corrects, and protects the sheep under his care. Those same responsibilities belong to every church leader. In fact, the word pastor means shepherd. In biblical times, shepherds were without status. They occupied […]

Catching the Missionary Spirit

Nathan Busenitz | March 16, 2015

The missionary spirit is utterly contagious. Even just one life burning brightly for the gospel can ignite the hearts of hundreds of others for generations to come. What a powerful thing it is to contemplate that reality in the history of missionary work! Consider, for example, the following chain of gospel influence: 1. John Elliott […]

Praying for Your People

Eric Dodson | March 13, 2015

Very few pastors would claim that they pray enough for their people. Perhaps it’s an impossible task—no one will ever think they’ve prayed enough. Still, we can see from the example of our Lord and His apostles that praying for our people is of monumental importance. Though the Bible says a great deal about preaching, only […]

The Legacy of Long-Term Ministry, Part 2

John MacArthur | March 11, 2015

Part 1 John Fawcett is a name you may not immediately recognize. In the late eighteenth century, Fawcett pastored a small, poor church in Wainsgate, England, where his salary was only 25 pounds a year. In 1773, Fawcett was invited to become the pastor of a much larger church in London. Initially, he accepted the new […]

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