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Preaching This Sunday Again

Please keep me in prayer, I’ll be guest preaching again this Sunday at church in Zion, IL: http://www.meadowridge.org/ Preaching on 2 Sam 11 (David and Bathseba).  Pray that I am faithful in my exposition, that the gospel goes forward, and that God brings deeper repentance in my heart and the hearts of the hearers for […]

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Difference Between Preaching and Teaching

Andrew Wilson has some helpful words on the distinction between preaching and teaching: http://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/whats_the_difference_between_preaching_and_teaching  

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Isaiah 59 and Diagramming Texts

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach on Isaiah 59, and I used sentence diagramming to help me understand the text.   Diagramming a passage is when you lay out the text in the form of a diagram, separating out clauses and modifiers, and adding notes about significant ideas and reoccurring motifs which you […]

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23 Truths For The Redeemed In Christ

23 Truths For The Redeemed In Christ To redeem a thing is to take something that is broken/corrupt/enslaved and to deliver it, making it complete/cleansed/liberated.  The Bible teaches us that God Himself redeems a people to be His own possession, a people who are greatly in need of redemption: they are enslaved to sin; they […]

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The Gospel According to Gordon Ramsay

The Gospel According to Gordon Ramsay Stories of redemption and redeemers abound in our culture.  We love seeing something that is broken/defiled/enslaved/ruined/destroyed come out fixed/purified/liberated/cleansed/saved.  It makes our hearts happy. One example of this is found in Fox’s television program “Kitchen Nightmares” starring Gordon Ramsey.  In the show, master-chef Ramsey goes into a failing restaurant […]

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Preaching This Sunday

I request your prayers as I fill in for a church in northern Illinois and preach the sermon.  My text is Isaiah 59

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Review: An Earnest Ministry by John Angell James (Part II)

(This is a continuation from my previous post) Here’s eight more valuable insights from John Angell James: Preaching is more than exegesis: “We must therefore rise from exegesis into exhortation, warning, and expostulation” (87). Pastoral house visits and catechizing are richly beneficial and should not be neglected: “he will make a point of visiting the […]

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Review: An Earnest Ministry by John Angell James (Part I)

“An Earnest Ministry: The Want of the Times” by John Angell James (Part I) John Angell James gives a compelling and biblical account of the task, message, method, and mode of Christian ministry in his book “An Earnest Ministry.”  The main theme of the work is that of earnestness, or an “intense devotedness” (28).  This […]

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O Pleasant Perfect Christ

When we struggle with the fear of man (people-pleasing), what we need is a renewed vision of our perfect Savior: O Pleasant Perfect Christ, Fully God and fully human, You know my temptations yet never succumbed to them yourself. Your family and friends thought you were a lunatic, Unmoved you remained, sturdy to the end. The world hated […]

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Oh Pernicious People-Pleasing!

Oh Pernicious People-Pleasing, Ever-churning, anxiety-inducing, You lead me down paths of fear, For your name’s sake. You whisper questions that leave me doubting: ‘What will they think?’ ‘Can I really say that?’ A slave to the grins and grimaces of a stranger, You promise acceptance, but give me isolation. I am alone, unknown by all. […]