Going through the many sermons I listened to since August, here is a list of the most memorable. One major, noteworthy series, must be mentioned, and that is J. I. Packer’s History of the English Puritans from Reformed Theological Seminary — which is a wealth of great information and sobering admonition.
This is an excellent conference taught by some very wise and experienced church leaders who are associated with 9 Marks and Capitol Hill Baptist Church. There is a great deal of clarity in thinking through how the church is to operate in the world. According to Matt Schumacher, the church’s primary goal is not to ask how we reach the lost, but how the church should image Christ to the world.
Jonathan Leeman also discusses how the majority of preachers all think that preaching is their strength, yet this is where most of them fail, because they preach a false form of exposition, by asking certain questions of the text, which may be true, but they are questions that would not be asked of the text if the expositor were looking at the larger context.
Mark Dever of 9 Marks interviews Derek Thomas about his ministry, his move from Baptist to Presbyterian, and his pastorate with Ligon Duncan at First Pres. Jackson, Mississippi. They also discuss his books and Derek’s particular interest with John Calvin’s exposition of Job.
For the past few weeks I’ve been making my way through J. I. Packers lectures on the English Puritans, and I have to tell you, it’s been a real treat. This is one of those series you will want to go through a second time and take notes. I can’t begin to scratch the surface of all the good material. Much here on ministry philosophy, worship, pastoral concerns. Some very fascinating biographical material on lesser known Puritans. A great deal on Baxter and Owen.
Some highlights from one of the first messages that looked at many more contemporary giants who were greatly affected by the Puritans. Packer looks at sermonic structures of the Puritans and more recent contemporaies such as Lloyd-Jones. How soon in a sermon do you begin application? In the cases of Spurgeon and Lloyd-Jones, they started right away. Where did the 3 point sermon originate? He also talks about the contemporary loss of rhetorical prayer, where pastoral prayers were presenting arguments before God.
This series of lectures has been generously provided by Reformed Theological Seminary, which has conveniently supplied their audio through iTunes.