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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Recapturing the Voice of God

This past week I had the opportunity to interact with colleagues at a gathering of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego, CA. I presented a paper entitled, “Recapturing the Voice of God: Sermons Shaped by Reanimation of the Genre of the Text,” where I argued simply... Read More »

The Predicable Surprise of State Conventions

This week, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention met on the campus of Southwestern Seminary. Earlier this month, I was able to participate in the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. These experiences have got me thinking: what is the purpose of the state convention... Read More »

Preaching When You Don’t Feel Like It

There are times when preaching is, from the start to finish, a joy. The text is clear, and the sermon just bubbles up from the Bible, making the structure clear; illustrations and applications emerge from hidden places and drop graciously into place. This happens, but it’s rare... Read More »

The Future of Evangelical Homiletics

I believe in homiletics. But not much. A thousand sorrows teaches a man to preach.[1] – John Piper In a very real way I agree with John Piper. There is no pedagogical homiletic experience that can create a man that has been so long on the anvil of God that his life bleeds t... Read More »

Defined by Debt

“Seventy-five thousand dollars.” The words rolled easily off his tongue, landing on my desk with a thud. “My wife and I have $75,000 dollars in student loan debt.” This young man now realized that while the very call of God rested on his life, he was now defined by debt. ... Read More »