Category: Preaching

The Bible, the Preacher, and the Presenting Issue

The dust-up surrounding Andy Stanley’s sermon The Bible Told Me So and the related interview with Russell Moore at the ERLC national conference provides the preaching professor a great opportunity to think about the nature of the Word. And this blog is about... Read More »

Back to the Basics: A Model for Preaching from Acts 2

The acumen of a head coach often determines the success of a team. A head coach is to a team what a doctor is to hospital patients. That is, a football coach is a physician on the field. A basketball coach operates as a cardiologist on the court. A baseball co... Read More »

Charles Spurgeon and Humor in Preaching

As far as American preaching goes, I suspect that more humor per square yard is found today than at virtually any time in the history of preaching. This is especially true in Charismatic circles, with people like Jesse Duplantis, and in mega-church circles, wi... Read More »

What Should You Value In A Preacher?

Who is your favorite preacher? Oftentimes I will ask my students to answer that question on the first day of class. I have just about heard them all: Swindoll, Evans, MacArthur, Platt, Dever, Chandler, Rogers, etc. I even had a student say “Dr. Vern Charette... Read More »

The School of Preaching

In the spring of 1905, while crossing the Texas panhandle by train, B.H. Carroll had a vision of establishing a school in the great southwest to train preachers. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was officially born three years later and made its home ... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Exodus

This month, Oscar-winning director and producer Ridley Scott will bring his biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale in the role of Moses, to the big screen. Certainly, the movie has sparked much discussion for many reasons, which brings t... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Luke

With Christmas quickly approaching, many pastors will preach Christmas sermon series during December and/or special Christmas services. The Gospel of Luke provides the most comprehensive details regarding the birth of Jesus and surrounding events, including th... Read More »

The Blinding Friday Night Lights

We’ve just moved from Middle America to Texas. To say there is a bit of culture shock is an understatement. Things are a bit different down here. Don’t get me wrong. I love Texas. I married a Texan. I’m a Spurs fan. I remember the Alamo. We e... Read More »

Should I get a PhD in Apologetics?

The short answer is “no.” The longer answer is “for almost everyone, still no.” The even longer and needlessly provocative answer is that “any PhD gained by a Christian has (or should have) Apologetics in it.” I often get asked the title question, ... Read More »

What’s In a Name?: Evangelicals and Marriage

Editor’s Note: This post is the second installment of a multi-part series reflecting on my recent radio discussion with Brandan Robertson, spokesperson for Evangelicals for Marriage Equality. The audio of that radio “debate” can be found here. The fi... Read More »