Resources on Preaching

Qualifications of a Good Bible Expositor

By Charlie Wingard · October 16, 2017 · 0 Comments
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“If asked what I consider the qualifications for a good expositor of Holy Writ, I would answer these three: (1) a heart seasoned with grace; (2) a head filled with good common sense; (3) a mind stored with all that liberal education which aids exposition in general, and that of these holy books in particular.” – John Duncan in John M. Brentnall, ed.,  ‘Just A Talker’: Sayings of John (‘Rabbi’) Duncan (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1997), 12.

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Application in Preaching

By Charlie Wingard · September 16, 2016 · 0 Comments
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“Personal application has been called the ‘soul’ of preaching. A sermon without application is like a letter posted without  a direction: it may be well written, rightly dated, and duly signed; but it is useless, because it never reaches its destination.” – J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew. 1856 (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2012), 126.

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“All doctrine is useless until . . .”

By Charlie Wingard · November 14, 2015 · 0 Comments
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On Sunday morning, Lord willing, I shall complete a three month series in 1 Thessalonians. Like many other preachers, my favorite book of the Bible is the one I am preaching. This letter of Paul is no exception. Calvin, Simeon, and Stott were particularly helpful advisors as I worked through the text, and I put their books back on my shelves with thanksgiving for each man’s piety, skill, and wisdom. When in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, the apostle writes: “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” we obtain insight into how Paul the pastor prayed for his congregation.…

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Returning to an Old Friend: William S. Plumer on Psalms

By Charlie Wingard · September 19, 2015 · 0 Comments
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Tomorrow evening at First Presbyterian Church Yazoo City I begin a series of sermons on the Psalms. One of the highlights of preparing to preach Psalm 1 is returning to an old and trusted friend, William S. Plumer’s Psalms: A Critical and Expository Commentary with Doctrinal and Practical Remarks. His exposition is faithful to the text, and his doctrinal and practical remarks are full of  the pastoral wisdom that makes for solid sermon applications. Since I purchased this book in the early 1990s, it has been my “go to” commentary on Psalms. Nuggets from this week’s reading: “The sum of [Psalm 1] is that the just and he alone is blessed.” “However tried and afflicted, every servant of God has vast treasures of good things in…

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