The Preacher’s Charge

The following is an excerpt from “Preaching in the New Testament: An Exegetical and Biblical-Theological Study” by Jonathan I. Griffiths. This book is part of the New Studies in Biblical Theology series edited ...

Two Questions to Break Despair

Her tears flowed as she told her sad story. Her husband was distant toward her, her children rebellious. They were in debt, and now she was having medical problems. As her story unfolded, I became more and more...

Flexing the Right Preaching Muscle

Preaching is a calling.  It is a skill.  In many ways, it is an art.  Pick up a book on preaching, and you will find a definition of preaching.  John Broadus says in his book On the Preparation of and Delivery ...

How Much Power Can One Book Have?

"The following is an excerpt from a new book by Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, and his wife Jackie Green, called This Dangerous Book. This tremendous book explores the powerful and fascinating story of ...

Dear Church Family

Dear Church Family, This will be the last time I note differences between Sam and me. (Well, maybe not.) You probably have detected a difference in preaching style. I tend to be animated in the pulpit—arms f...

Martin Luther, “Here I Stand”

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses (or statements of faith) on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther was a preacher, a theolog...

John Calvin, for the Glory of God

John Calvin was born in Noyon, France, July 10, 1509. Although Calvin is often considered the most influential reformer, the main reformation battles were already won by his time. While Calvin was still learnin...