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Category Archives: Preaching
What would happen if the man-in-need scenario from the parable of the Good Samaritan were recreated? How many would stop to help? John Darley and Daniel Batson, two Princeton University psychologists, conducted a study, in the early 1970’s. Princeton Theological … Continue reading
Our text of study is Ephesians 4:15. It reads, “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ.” The context concerns the use of spiritual gifts, and roles in … Continue reading
I recently finished watching Ken Burns’ series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The 14 hour series weaves the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt into a single narrative. He suggests that both Theodore and Franklin were driven by a … Continue reading
Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch, who ruled over Galilee and Perea, stayed with his half-brother Philip, on a visit to Rome. While there, he coveted his brother’s wife, Herodias, who was also the brothers’ niece. She also coveted him. She agreed to … Continue reading
“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15). Let’s look more closely at this text. … Continue reading
In the tenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus sent the twelve out on a mission that is commonly called the limited commission. He told them that for their preaching they would be: hated (v. 22), verbally abused (v. 25), rejected and … Continue reading
A couple of writings have caught my attention recently. Both concerned preachers and gathering a crowd. The Bible says, “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, … Continue reading
Charles Hill (now deceased) taught a class call “The preacher’s life and work,” at the school of preaching I attended. He advised that preachers should avoid being alone with a female in counseling, Bible study, or personal visits, or in any other … Continue reading