Resources on Preaching

A Prayer to Begin the Day

By Charlie Wingard · October 30, 2013 · 0 Comments
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“O God, most holy, wise, and powerful Preserver and Governor of all Thy creatures and all their actions: Keep us this day in health of body and soundness of mind, in purity of heart and cheerfulness of spirit, in contentment with our lot and charity with our neighbor; and further all our lawful undertakings with Thy blessing. In our labor strengthen us; in our perils defend us; in our troubles comfort us: and supply all our needs according to the riches of Thy grace in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.” – The Book of Common Worship (1946)

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James S. Stewart: Advice to Ministers

By Charlie Wingard · September 23, 2013 · 0 Comments
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“Bring everything you have and are to your ministry – your best craftsmanship, your most concentrated study, your truest technique, your uttermost of self-consecration, your toil and sweat of brain and heart – bring it all without reserve. But when you have brought it, something else remains: Stand back, and see the salvation of God.” – James S. Stewart,  Heralds of God: A Practical Book on Preaching (Vancouver: Regent, 2001; originally published 1946), 189.

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10 Favorite Books on Preaching

By Charlie Wingard · August 22, 2013 · 2 Comments
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At a Providence Presbytery meeting earlier this month, a fellow minister and I discussed books about preaching. It reminded me of a former colleague’s request several years ago for a list of my favorite books on preaching. In no particular order, my ten favorites are: 1. The Supremacy of God in Preaching, John Piper 2. The Art of Prophesying, William Perkins 3. Christ-Centered Preaching, Bryan Chapell 4. The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges. My favorite book about the pastor and his work. 5. The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Hughes Oliphant Old. I believe there are now six volumes; I have read the first three. 6. Between Two Worlds, John Stott. This is the…

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Book Review: Why Johnny Can’t Preach by T. David Gordon

By Charlie Wingard · August 20, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Seventeenth century Puritanism produced some of Christianity’s most able preachers. Many of them received a university training that required the careful reading of texts in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. A language-based educational system prepared future ministers to find a home in biblical texts. If they tutored children of the affluent, they sharpened their expository skills. (T. David Gordon, Why Johnny Can’t Preach. P&R, 2009) The written text no longer dominates America’s educational landscape, and comparatively few students devote themselves to rigorous study of literature or ancient languages before entering seminary. Preaching suffers. T. David Gordon’s Why Johnny Can’t Preach engages the modern preacher by considering his ability both to read biblical texts and communicate compellingly their God-breathed truth. The minister’s…

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