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The Mandate of Biblical Inerrancy: Expository Preaching

This July, Dr. John MacArthur will teach on the doctrinal foundations of expository preaching in the fall 2017 session of the Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching program. To learn more and to apply, visit tms.edu/dmin. Preaching ought to reflect our conviction that God’s Word is infallible and inerrant. If we believe that “all Scripture is … read more »

Why Pastors Must Pray

Here are ten reminders for pastors about the vital need to cultivate their personal prayer life, as articulated by notable ministers from church history. 1. True effectiveness in ministry comes not through methods, but through prayer. A. C. Dixon: When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely upon education, … read more »

Ten Reminders for Preachers

Here are ten reminders for those who preach and teach the Word of God, as articulated by some of history’s greatest preachers. 1. Effective ministry consists not of fads or gimicks, but of faithfully preaching the truth. Charles Spurgeon: Ah, my dear friends, we want nothing in these times for revival in the world but the simple … read more »

Praying for Your Children

The Bible clearly shows that, during our Lord’s earthly ministry, there were parents who wanted Jesus to bless their children: Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from … read more »

Shepherding the Flock

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 … read more »

Holiness and Halloween

As a church history professor, October 31st is one of my favorite holidays. That’s because it is Reformation Day; and this year will mark 499 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. Watch Jamie Jackson’s interview with Dr. Nathan Busenitz concerning how … read more »

Fame vs. Faithfulness

Today concludes our series highlighting five compelling motivations to preach the Word. Motivation 5: Preach the Word Because of the Deceptiveness of the Sensual (2 Timothy 4:3–4) Having reminded Timothy of the ultimate accountability, Paul continued by warning him that faithful preaching will not necessarily be popular preaching. As the apostle explained, “For the time … read more »

Preaching in the Face of Danger

In the verses surrounding 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul provided his protégé with much-needed motivation to stand firm and persevere to the end. For Timothy, the command was clear: preach the Word; and the calling was deadly serious: souls were at stake. In order to equip him for the task, Paul gave Timothy five compelling reasons … read more »

The Call to Preach the Word

For the biblical expositor, 2 Timothy 4:2 majestically stands out as sacred ground. It is precious territory for every pastor who, following in the footsteps of Paul, desires to faithfully proclaim the Word of God. In this single verse, the apostle defined the primary mandate for God-honoring church ministry, not only for Timothy, but for … read more »

Why I Love Being a Pastor

I remember reading Iain Murray’s excellent biography of Jonathan Edwards. I found much to identify with, especially the personal heartaches Edwards endured as pastor of the same church for twenty-three years. After all that time his flock voted him out. Though I have never been expelled by a congregation like Edwards was, I know what it is to … read more »