Alexander Maclaren: A Great Expositor

When Alexander Maclaren retired from his pastorate, Robertson Nicoll said that he had altered the whole manner of British preaching."It may be doubted whether any preacher of the last fifty years has had a more...

Truth and Preaching

"This isn't a 'preacher story.' This really happened!"It may be the punchline of an old joke, but it's still enough to make many of us cringe because it strikes so close to home.There's something wrong when a "...

The Kind of Preaching That Matters

Everybody has moments he would characterize as his highest and greatest. One of mine is that Sunday morning when I preached my first sermon.It was in the little Methodist church at Walpole, Mass. I was a semina...

Toward Wedding Sermons with Substance

A wedding sermon, whenever it is included in a Christian marriage ceremony, provides a pastor with unique opportunities. To begin with, it enables him, through the Gospel that he speaks, to contribute to the ma...

Singing the Bookshelf Blues

Any minister who has ever moved from one home or office to another knows the scourge of every ministerial move: packing and unpacking the books.My move from Louisville to Birmingham at the beginning of 1987 inc...

John Wesley: Plain truth for plain people

What were the elements of John Wesley's power as a preacher? One can discover some of them in his printed sermons, of which he said: "I design plain truth for plain people. I labor to avoid all words which are ...