Resources on Preaching

Old School Sermon Feedback

By Charlie Wingard · July 14, 2014 · 0 Comments
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Professor James Benjamin Green could be tough on seminary students. He began teaching at Columbia Seminary in 1921. After one student’s sermon, he offered this critique: “There were three problems with this sermon: first, it was read; second, it was read poorly; third, it wasn’t worth reading.” Another student preached a sermon titled “The Double-Barreled Gospel” and received this feedback: “What a subject! ‘The double-barreled gospel.’ Unfortunately, neither barrel was loaded.” – David B. Calhoun Our Southern Zion: Old Columbia Seminary, 1828-1927 (Banner of Truth, 2012), 356-357.

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When Does Effective Preaching Become Possible?

By Charlie Wingard · July 11, 2014 · 0 Comments
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When does effective preaching become possible? “Dr. Wilbur Chapman has this to say of the handicaps which befall the minister: ‘when trials are many, when burdens are heavy, when tears are blinding, when the heart is almost broken, then, as a rule, ministers come to an experience when effective preaching is possible.’” – William Childs Robinson, The Certainties of the Gospel (Zondervan: 1935), 130.

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Charles Simeon

By Charlie Wingard · March 18, 2014 · 0 Comments
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John Stott reflects on the life of Charles Simeon, one of my heroes of Christian ministry. In 1985 I ran across Simeon’s name for the first time while reading Stott’s Between Two Worlds. He referenced Simeon several times, so I bought Hugh Evan Hopkins Charles Simeon of Cambridge to learn more. Later I read the fine biographies of Moule and Carus, and many of Simeon’s sermons. During his 54 years at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge (1782-1836) some 1100 future ministers sat under his ministry. Distinguished historian Thomas Macauley observed that his influence was greater than any English bishop or archbishop. Any student preparing for ministry will benefit by studying the life of this remarkable pastor and preacher.

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Pray for a Praying People

By Charlie Wingard · December 17, 2013 · 0 Comments
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“Some time ago, a young man who had recently been inducted to his first charge as minister asked me, ‘What is the most important thing that I can do?’ My immediate answer to him was, ‘Pray for a praying people.’” – Eric J. Alexander, What Is Biblical Preaching? (P&R: 2008), 31.

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A Minister’s Priorities

By Charlie Wingard · November 21, 2013 · 0 Comments
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From Carl Trueman: “Furthermore, make sure your reading reflects biblical priorities. Strange to tell, you can preach the gospel without ever having watched a movie, let alone offered a Christian response to one. And, believe it or not, your people can get to heaven in blissful ignorance of the latest Great American Novel or the op-ed columns of The Village Voice. That is not to say that knowledge of these things is necessarily wrong; but these are not to be priorities for the time which the minister of the gospel has for study, nor are they priorities for the time that he spends in the pulpit.  Watching our lives and doctrine is a vital part of our ministerial calling; watching…

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