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What is the Bible all about?

Answer: Jesus

The speaker is Tim Keller.  The message was delivered at the Gospel Coalition 2007 Conference.  This quote from Keller’s speech was powerful.  And I have also listened and re-listened to his message that he gave that day.

HT: Jared Wilson

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Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Moralistic Preaching


I was listening several weeks ago to a pastor preaching a sermon around Christmas.  The sermon was focused on Joseph, the husband of Mary.  The sermon was done quite well.  It was structured well.  There were numerous positive points highlighted from the life of Joseph.  These points in turn were used to instruct today’s men in the church on how they should live.

Sadly, the glaring ommision of the sermon was Jesus Christ.  He was a side point in this sermon. 

I am one of those who believe all sermons should have necessary parts where the Scripture should be tied into God’s redemptive purposes and how Christ fulfills that particular Scripture being preached.  Jesus himself taught his disciples from the entire Old Testament how the Scriptures spoke of him (see Luke 24:27).

Too often we turn sermons into moralistic lessons.  The Scripture is God’s self-revelation.  Sermons preached should always feature God’s work and God’s words.  Sermons preached should always feature that one whom God is glorifying, namely Jesus Christ.  Sermons preached should always feature the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in God’s redemptive plan.

Moralistic teaching is too frequently found in children’s lessons as well.  Ask your children what they learned, and they will tell you about Moses, Jonah, and David, but rarely will the first thing out of their mouths be about God.  Sometimes this is due to them being children, but other times because we have placed the emphasis in the wrong place.

Two questions we should always ask are:

What does this text teach me about God?   
What does this text teach me about myself and my need of God? 
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Posted by on March 24, 2009 in Uncategorized


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A Sunday Morning First


I was about halfway through my sermon on the Fifth Commandment this morning and the power went out. This has happened about three times in the past, but each time the power quickly came back on. This morning it did not come back on. So after waiting for a moment for the laughter to subside and for the power to possibly return, I began to preach in the dark.

The stained-glass windows and the security lights in the back let in just enough light for me to read a couple of long biblical passages in the sermon. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Posted by on March 16, 2009 in Uncategorized



The task of the preacher is…

…to show the listener his wretchedness before Almighty God and to show the listener the wonderful sufficiency of Jesus Christ as his only Savior.

I do not remember the source, but I heard it once said that for many people the problem is not showing them Jesus as Savior but showing them of their own condemnation because of their sin, and thus their need for a Savior.

One of my favorite hymns encapsulates these twin truths well.  The hymn is With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes, performed by Red Mountain Church.


With melting heart and weeping eyes,
My guilty soul for mercy cries;
What shall I do, or whither flee,
To rid the vengeance due of me?
To rid the vengeance due of me?
Till late I saw no danger nigh,
I lived at ease, nor feared to die;
Wrapped up in self-conceit and pride,
“I shall have peace at last,” I cried.
“I shall have peace at last,” I cried.
But when great God Thy light divine,
Had shone on this dark soul of mine,
Then I beheld with trembling awe,
The terrors of Thy holy law.
The terrors of Thy holy law.
Should vengence still my soul pursue,
Death and destruction are my due;
Yet mercy can my guilt forgive,
And bid this dying sinner live.
And bid this dying sinner live.
Does not Thy sacred word proclaim,
Salvation free in Jesus’ name?
To Him I look and humbly cry,
“Lord, save a wretch condemned to die!”
“Lord, save a wretch condemned to die!”
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Posted by on March 4, 2009 in Uncategorized


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