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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Is Expository Preaching Boring?

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 … read more »

Preaching by the Book

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 … read more »

The First Seminary

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 … read more »

A Foretaste of Heaven on Earth

Today’s post completes our series on “Why I Love the Church.” In yesterday’s article, we focused on the church as it relates to God’s eternal plan. In today’s post, we will look at two additional reasons why I love the church: 3. The Church Is the Most Precious Reality on Earth There’s a third biblical reason … read more »

The Church in God’s Plan

Today’s post is a continuation from yesterday’s article. Yesterday, we looked at the fact that the church is a divinely-ordained institution. Today, I’d like to consider a second reason why I love the church: 2. The Church Is the Outworking of an Eternal Plan In Titus 1:2, the apostle Paul writes of the “eternal life which … read more »

Why I Love the Church

I love the church. I am an inveterate and incurable lover of the church. It thrills me beyond expression to serve the church. Although I am also involved in some para-church ministries, I would not trade my ministry in the church for all of them combined. The church takes first place in my ministry priorities, … read more »

Faculty Breakout Sessions: Inerrancy Conference

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 … read more »

Preaching Affects Everything

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’ … read more »

Preachers and Prepackaged Programs

The moment we permit ourselves to think lightly of the Christian Ministry, our right arm is withered; nothing but imbecility and relaxation remains. (Robert Hall, Discouragements and Supports of the Ministry, 45) It is the best of times and the worst of times for pastors. Technology has made more resources available than ever before; yet the demands … read more »