Do you know how your understanding of preaching has been shaped in recent centuries by the Pietists, the Revivalists, the Liberals, the Pragmatists and the Consumerists? If you don’t, you need to because these influences are shaping the crisis of preaching in the church today. That’s why this message by Al Mohler deserves a wide, wide hearing. It is 21st Christian preaching and its origins 101.
The frightening reality today is that preaching has metamorphosized into many different forms, and we are therefore required to differentiate these unbiblical forms from true biblical preaching, and to do that we label biblical preaching as “expository” preaching. And sadly, expository preaching is far from the norm in the church today, and it’s no wonder given the contented widespread biblical ignorance we see in the Christian church.
Mohler is a champion for expository preaching, and in this message he carefully and wisely considers the many arguments given by opponents of expository preaching, and examines how each of these historically developed from bad, and even shocking theology. Hence his provocative title. This should be required listening for your leaders and discipleship groups, if not your whole church.
By the way, if you haven’t listened to any of the messages at the 9 Marks at SBTS conference you are missing a real treat.
Why Expositional Preaching is a Bad Idea –
At the recent 9Marks at Southern Conference Mark Dever mentioned a sermon that had a lasting impact on him as a preacher. It was a sermon by pastor David King titled “You Old Testament Sermon Needs to Get Saved.” The message is a strong reminder that the Old Testament speaks of Christ and the Gospel, and if we miss that, our Old Testament sermons will be reduced to Pharisaical moralisms.
Southern Seminary held The Expositor’s Summit in 2012 and it featured speakers including Al Mohler, Russell Moore, Ray Ortlund, Hershael York, Dan Dumas, Daniel Montgomery, Kevin Smith and Alistair Begg.
This years 9 Marks at Southern Conference was on the subject of expository preaching and featured Mark Dever, Mike Bullmore, Al Mohler, David Helm and others.
The legendary Howard Hendricks went to be with the Lord in February. Dallas Theological Seminary president Mark Bailey visited Dr. Hendricks recently and recorded a question and answer podcast with him.
The audio for the 2013 Shepherd’s Conference is now online. Al Mohler, Steve Lawson, Phil Johnson and John MacArthur deliver the General Session messages this year. Be sure to also listen to Steve Lawson’s breakout session on Martin Luther called Here I Stand.
Christ the Center inteviews Carl Trueman about the importance of creeds and confessions, which is the subject of his latest book The Creedal Imperative. This is an immensely helpful book and a real treat to read.
Monergism has been actively digitizing and collecting sermons by Sinclair Ferguson, and Feeding on Christ has created a helpful Scripture and topical index for this large collection.
The 26th Desiring God Pastor’s Conference took up the theme of the supernatural in pastoral ministry. Speakers included Mark Dever, Kent Hughes, Darrin Patrick, Tope Koleoso and some newer faces including Jason Meyer who is taking over the pastoral position that John Piper is leaving.
John Piper’s biographical sketch looks at a man who you probably have never heard of, George Herbert, an Anglican priest of a small country parish. What Piper focuses on in the life and ministry of George Herbert is his poetry and use of words to glorify God.
Christ the Center invited Carl Trueman to discuss his latest book called ‘Fools Rush in Where Monkeys Fear to Tread.’ The book is his latest collection of Trueman’s excellent essays. Trueman talks about Christian celebritism, authenticity, freedom and authority in the church. I highly recommend Carl’s book which is a pleasure to read.