In his commentary on II Corinthians, John Calvin reflects on Paul's statement that a messenger of Satan (his "thorn in the flesh") served as God's means of keeping him from deadly pride.
Pauls writes: So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. (2 Corinthians 12:7 ESV)
St Helen's Bishopsgate (www.st-helens.org.uk) is synonymous faithful expositional preaching, so I was pleased to hear that they have launched a new monthly video series designed to equip, inspire and encourage all of us who teach God's word.
The videos for the series, called "Preaching Matters", will be out on the first Monday of each month with the first one available today. I have watched a few of the videos and they are excellent.
Vaughan Roberts is well known in British Evangelical circles for his strengths as one of the most gifted and faithful writers, preachers and church leaders in the land.
In a recent interview with Julian Hardyman Vaughan talks about how he has sought to live a godly life while struggling with same-sex attraction, and why he has decided to share his struggles more widely.
Last week, I received an email with a good question about preaching:
I have heard people say that preaching is more about preaching sermons that are “base hits”* rather than hitting a “home run”* every week. This seems to be very true of my own preaching (even though I sometimes don't feel like I get on base*) and it also is a more biblical view of long-term sanctification over a lifetime.