Archibald Alexander on the Pressing Need to Preach Grace

Archibald Alexander, in Thoughts Concerning Religious Experience (1844): “Why is there so little advancement made [in living the Christian life]? First, there is a defect in our belief in the freeness of divine grace. To exercise unshaken confidence in the doctrine of gratuitous pardon is one of the most difficult things in the world… Christians cannot but … Continue reading Archibald Alexander on the Pressing Need to Preach Grace

The Melting, Conquering, Transforming Power of the Cross

This quote from my friend, Charles Spurgeon,  gives me great hope in preparing to speak of Jesus this Sunday for Creekstone! “Oh, the power, the melting, conquering, transforming power of that dear cross of Christ! My brethren, we have but to abide by the preaching of it, we have but constantly to tell abroad the … Continue reading The Melting, Conquering, Transforming Power of the Cross

Preachers and Their Critics

Our guest blogger this week is Brian Hedges, lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan. This post originally appeared here at the Gospel Coalition.  _____________________________________________________________ You'll build a great church, pastor, if you ever learn how to communicate.  Listening to that sermon was like drinking from a fire hydrant.  I'm so disappointed! … Continue reading Preachers and Their Critics

For Skeptics, Prodigals and the Wounded: The View Will Be Worth It

It really is a blessing to have the Appalachian Trail in our community's back yard. There are lots of great hikes in our area. But there are a few hikes that are uniquely beautiful and memorable. One of those is the hike up to the peak of Blood Mtn. As we ascend the summit of … Continue reading For Skeptics, Prodigals and the Wounded: The View Will Be Worth It

Ten Tips for Post-Modern Preaching

Yesterday at the ATL Church Planting Network's monthly gathering, Bob Cargo and Shane Wheeler provided the training segment, focusing on gospel-centered preaching in a post-modern context. Here are ten tips that I gleaned from their helpful presentation. We must exegete both the text and our culture. Continually distinguish the gospel from religion. Always be reading … Continue reading Ten Tips for Post-Modern Preaching

Sermon & Life Reflections: You’d Think I’d Have It Down By Now

I've been preaching and teaching for so long that you'd think I'd have it down by now. 'Fraid not. Even tonight, after the message, I went home thinking, "Man, you made a powerful, simple truth way too complicated. You preached far too long. Just make it simple next time, okay?" Okay, I'll try. But no … Continue reading Sermon & Life Reflections: You’d Think I’d Have It Down By Now

The Secret of Paul’s Preaching

In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul provides the secret to his preaching, saying: "1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and … Continue reading The Secret of Paul’s Preaching

Preaching at Christ Community/Acworth this Sunday (and Creekstone)

I am looking forward to preaching this Sunday for Christ Community Church in Acworth/Kennesaw, GA, during their missions emphasis month. I'll be teaching from Psalm 40:1-3, a message entitled The Propulsion of Grace. Can't wait to see my CCC friends- we deeply appreciate your prayer and financial support of Creekstone Church in Dahlonega!    And yes, I'll … Continue reading Preaching at Christ Community/Acworth this Sunday (and Creekstone)