The Preacher’s Catechism | Book Review

Preaching is the most important public ministry of pastors. Many books describe how preachers can improve their craft. The Preacher’s Catechismis not one of them. Instead, it focuses on how preachers can improve their character. Lewis Allen offers this reminder of the greater importance of character to craft in his Introduction: “And yet, having all of these tools [to improve preaching skills] will not ensure that you are a preacher after God’s own heart, someone who is really serving those who listen to you. Skills have an essential place, but more essential to our calling are a heart and mind … Continue reading The Preacher’s Catechism | Book Review

The World Wide (Religious) Web for Thursday, May 12, 2011

What is the gospel? Dallas Willard’s answer: “How to get into heaven before you die.” _____ A Leap of Truth explores the relationship between Christian theology and evolutionary theory. _____ Allen C. Guelzo asks, “Whither the Evangelical Colleges?” Hunter Baker replies with a thither. _____ “Presbyterian Church to ordain gays as ministers.” The Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards, a Presbyterian minister, considers this a “moral awakening.”Mark Chaves, a sociologist of religion at Duke University, comments: “They’re making this change amid a larger cultural change. General public opinion on gay rights is trending pretty dramatically in the liberal direction.” On a (cor)related … Continue reading The World Wide (Religious) Web for Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)

First Corinthians 15:1-11 reveals the necessity, nature, and effectiveness of the gospel. The Corinthians desperately needed to hear about all three things, because they were in danger of turning away from the faith. Let us consider each in turn. The gospel is necessary for our salvation: “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you.” We live in a day and time in which the objective content of Christianity is downplayed in favor of its subjective experiences. Doctrine, we are led to believe, is unimportant. What matters are feelings of wonder, joy, … Continue reading The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)