Preaching and the Power of the Word

In his book The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Roland Bainton includes a priceless story from the early days of Zwingli's ministry in Zurich. The year was 1519, and Zwingli's ministry in the city had rec...

Zwingli: Reformation through preaching

One of the key figures of the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, Huldruch (Ulrich) Zwingli understood the effective proclamation of the Word of God to be central to any meaningful religious reform...

Come on, preacher, stand up and preach

Come on, preacher, preach.Don't coddle me, don't just stroke me beyond credibility, don't insult me by thinking I'm stupid. Don't try to pass off as the message from on high cheap, unprepared remarks. Don't jus...

The Privilege of Proclaiming Good News

The coming of the Christmas season is a reminder of the glory of being a preacher of the gospel.Those who stand in the Christian pulpit to proclaim the Word are part of a rich heritage that leads back to a Gali...

Awake O Thou That Sleepest!

I love gospel lecture films. The cameras play the audience, who are eager, smiling in rapt attention, waiting for the glorious gospel truths that are funny and sad, tearful but joyous beyond belief.Each of my "...

Little Things Make Difference to Laity

During the past 30 years, I've been a member of ten churches in the United States and five foreign countries. Sharp theological debates may appear at times to separate the denominational hierarchy, but on the c...