I read an article this morning that kinda blew me away. Actually, it kinda blew me up. Pete Scazzero was interviewed by Preaching Today about what he has learned over the years about message preparation. Not technique or style. But what he has learned about the importance of the pastor's heart. Reading the interview, I … Continue reading For Preachers: Learning to be with Jesus
From 1975-1996, there was a popular TV show on public television called Sneak Previews. The program was hosted by two film critics in Chicago, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. They are the duo that came up with the thumbs up or down system for evaluating movies. Their popularity launched a crowd of film critics, resulting … Continue reading Critics in the Crowd
In his book, A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, author J.I. Packer writes about the centrality and importance of preaching in the process of sanctification. In fact, the Puritan pastor believed they would "never perform a more important task than preaching."  While it has become "our habit to think of … Continue reading Pastoral Work is Preaching Work
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
I am a recovering Pharisee who falls off of the wagon all of the time, slipping back into a mode of self-righteous pride (when I think I do well) and insecurity (when I fail, or if someone else does well). So what I need is radically grace-centered preaching to keep my heart in line with the gospel. That … Continue reading And That’s It?