This is fascinating.
Evangelical ministers generally agree that preaching is God’s appointed means to proclaim the gospel and instruct the church. Yet, within evangelicalism, precisely how one is to preach the Bible remains a contested topic—and one with huge ramifications.
Though I sometimes wrestle with what text to preach, I never wrestle with how to preach it. I determined long ago for every sermon to be an expository one. For me, biblical preaching is expository preaching, and expository preaching is biblical preaching. Let me explain why.
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra:
Using the language of “fearing God” implies he was familiar with the Torah, which is liberally sprinkled with that phrase. Therefore, “it’s a safe assumption he would have been Jewish, so let’s assume he had a traditional Jewish upbringing,” Smith said. “For some reason he pushed against that, and gave himself to a life of crime. It must have been aggravated or even violent burglary for him to have been condemned to death.”
Smith put on a “fictional front-end” and told the story in first person.
Pastors and ministry leaders are not above character implosion and wandering from the Lord. In time, their wandering manifests in a variety of self-destructive and disqualifying behaviors. In the last several years, I have thought a lot about “fallen pastors.” My role at LifeWay provides a painful view of the fallout. As pastors are removed from ministry, the implications on churches and families are far-reaching. Here are five lessons from a season of fallen pastors, a season that has, at times, felt epidemic.
Russell L. Meek:
“Brother, I wish I would have known.” That’s what one of my closest friends said to me when I confided—years later—that the entire time we were in seminary together I was abusing prescription pain pills.
Churches desperately need their older men to exemplify being sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Churches need an army of laymen who believe well, love well, and suffer well. And churches need them because these older men are the pace-setters for the rest of the church. It is not an accident that Paul begins with the older men. He begins with them because he intends for the old guys to be leading out in these things in the church and in their homes.
A favorite from the archives (and one that makes me happy for the upcoming SBC pastor’s conference in Phoenix):
Christian conference season is in full swing once again, which means there’s inevitably going to be a flood of blog posts and tweets from various corners of the Interwebs about this or that event. Some folks will be live-blogging. Others will be live-tweeting. And some will be lamenting the fact that there aren’t any “ordinary” pastors headlining anything.
I’ve wondered about this for a while. We’re all equal in Christ, after all. Those who are more obscure in their ministry have as much to say (sometimes even more) than those who are extremely well known. So why do our conferences seem to focus primarily on the latter group? What’s the deal?