John Henry Jowett: A Preacher of Grace

When Jowett preached in the sermon class at Airedale College, Dr. Fairbairn said to his students: "Gentlemen, I will tell you what I have observed this morning: behind that sermon there was a man."That man grew...

The Dress of Thought

The preacher of Ecclesiastes waits until the conclusion to write down his credentials: "Not only was the Teacher wise," he says with unsettling candor, "but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered...

Funerals: The Healing Begins

Tens of Thousands of times each year Christian funerals are conducted. Many of these are officiated by well-meaning but less than well-prepared clergymen who have to add yet another activity to an already burge...

Leslie Weatherhead: Surgeon of the Soul

He was born in London on October 14, 1893. When he first began to preach, at the age of 17, he was so nervous that he twisted off the cord around the cushion on the pulpit desk. His text was: "Come unto me, all...

Preaching the hymnal

The Christmas season renews our acquaintance with some of the precious songs of the faith, like "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Too few preachers are aware that this favorite carol was written by Phillips Brooks,...

What’s Wrong with Jesus’ Preaching?

Why don't we preach like Jesus? Why do so many preaching books fail to refer to our Master Model as the master preaching model?How could we forget Jesus the Preacher? Didn't the people abandon cities and villag...

Unchaining the Word

On a recent visit to the American Bible Society headquarters in New York City, I saw a significant item from church history on display there. It was a copy of the famous "Chained Bible."In 1539, the Great Bible...

Horace Bushnell: Delight in preaching

One writer said of Horace Bushnell: "The preaching of most men is fashioned by the theology of the day; Bushnell's preaching helped fashion the theology of his day."1Born in 1802 on a farm near Litchfield, Conn...