Charlie Wingard

Charlie Wingard

Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson and Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Yazoo City, Mississippi

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Preaching: The Great Thing To Be Done First

“All modes of preaching must be erroneous, which do not lead sinners to feel that the great thing to be done, and done first, is to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, and to turn to God through him. And all religious experience must be defective, which does not embrace distinctly a sense of the justice of our condemnation, and a conviction of the sufficiency of the work of Christ, and an exclusive reliance upon it as such.”
– Charles Hodge, quoted in William S. Plumer, Commentary on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co., 1870), 144.

The Chief End of Preaching

“What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this. It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence. . . . I can forgive a man for a bad sermon, I can forgive the preacher almost anything if he gives me a sense of God, if he gives me something for my soul, if he gives me the sense that, though he is inadequate himself, he is handling something which is very great and very glorious, if he gives me some dim glimpse of the majesty and the glory of God, the love of Christ my Savior, and the magnificence of the gospel.”
– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), 110-111.

Loving Those To Whom We Preach

“To love to preach is one thing, to love those to whom we preach quite another.”
– Richard Cecil, quoted in D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), 105.

By This Book

“Upon graduation from Columbia Seminary, ministerial students received from Dr. William S. Plumer their diploma along with a small Bible and these words: ‘By this Book you shall live, by this Book you shall preach, and by this Book you shall be judged at the last day.’”
– David B. Calhoun, Our Southern Zion: Old Columbia Seminary (1828-1927), (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2012), 207.

William Childs Robinson on the Westminster Standards

“When students at Columbia Seminary asked Dr. William Childs Robinson if the Westminster Standards were perfect he would often reply, ‘No, but their exposition of faith is better than yours, and you can improve yours by studying theirs.’”
– David B. Calhoun, “Loving the Westminster Confession and Catechisms,” The Banner of Truth, December 2017, 6.

Samuel Miller on Study

“Every minister of the gospel ought to be a close student, and a diligent learner to the end of life.”
– Samuel Miller, Thoughts on Public Prayer. 1849 (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1985), 274.

John Calvin on True Piety


“True piety consists in a sincere feeling which loves God as Father as much as it fears and reverences him as Lord, embraces his righteousness, and dreads offending him worse than death.”

How is piety obtained? “Piety is always built on knowledge of the true God and knowledge requires instruction.” “That which can educate a man’s piety demands sane doctrine.”

– Quoted in David B. Calhoun, Knowing God and Ourselves: Reading Calvin’s Institutes Devotionally (Banner of Truth: Edinburgh, 2016), 16-17.