The cross and the kingdom are theologically inseparable because the only way into the kingdom is through the cross.
God is good. He consistently uses circumstances that we might think are bad to bring about his glorious purposes among his people.
Different cultural practices can create an opportunity for growth or lead to a compromise of the gospel. How can churches discern whether or not they’re on the road to compromising the gospel?
The church isn’t just one aspect of the Christian life, it’s the context of our Christian life—it shapes all the other aspects of our Christian obedience.
Any preaching that is distinctively Christian must keep listeners from confusing, or inverting, our “who” and our “do.”
Good leadership aims for equality. The trouble is, good leadership creates clout, which strongly tempts leaders to forget the aim.
Preaching faithfully from the Old Testament is always a challenge. But preaching faithfully from the Old Testament Prophets is perhaps most challenging of all.
The Gospels give us beautiful portraits of Jesus; they give us rich theology. But they come with their own set of hermeneutical and homiletical challenges—challenges we must know how to navigate to faithfully proclaim Christ.
How long should you preach on Sunday?
I can’t think of a better venue for discipleship and leadership development than a weekly Sermon Application Team. And after five years, I can’t imagine writing a sermon without them.
The preacher’s task is to hold up reality as the Bible presents it, and to ask how it compares to what his hearers have been calling reality. He asks if all the promises that sin has been making to them have turned out to be true.
Don’t preach the Psalms in isolation—from their immediate or broad context. May God bless his Word in your mouth, and may the sentiments in the Psalms be the heartbeat of God’s people.
What’s the preaching like in America’s biggest churches? That’s the question I set out to answer.
I was a minister of the gospel who for many years did not preach the gospel to my flock. How did this happen? Let me back up.
In the course of sermon preparation, as you consider applications of the text, who do you have in mind?