In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is sharing, suggesting, plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to felt needs in modern pulpits. But the authoritative, expositional opening of the Word of God is becoming scarcer all the time.
Jesus told Peter, Feed my sheep (John 21:17). Such is the mission for all Christ's shepherds. But when preaching is neglected, those who have been called to feed the sheep do little more than pet them.
In this book, eleven pastors and scholars issue a fervent plea for preachers to preach the Word. Here is encouragement for pastors to persevere in their calling and wisdom to guide congregations in holding their shepherds to the biblical standards.
Pathos, preaching, and God
By Philip S Roeda - April 30, 2005
Contributors to this book argue that the preached word of God has become a diminished part of Sunday morning worship service in the United States. Pastors and their congregations want other means of worship to be more prominent. When the pastor does preach, less is spoken about what is written in the Bible, but a form of psychology and/or an alternative World view is `shared'. Seeking more bodies in the pews, God's word has been left behind.
R. Albert Mohler, one of the contributors to Feed My Sheep, agrees that Gods word cannot exist without God's people, but he completes the quote from Martin Luther "...... and conversely God's people cannot exist without God's word." Furthermore Paul argued for the word to be preached:
of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints. (Colossians 1:25-26 RSV)... read more
Drink Deeply of this Scriptural Well
By Jacob Aitken - March 21, 2003
The Fact that this book is excellent should be no surprise, merely take a glance at the authors. This book will probably offend pastors who are in to the modern pop pyschology, but then they probably wouldn't be reading it anyway. Granted, that was probably unfair but... Naturally some chapters are better than others, here are a few:"The Lasting Effect of Experimental Preaching"--the essay on spiritual formation--worth the price of the book."The Primacy of Preaching"--by Albert Mohler--very good, a wake up call to the church."Expository Preaching"--good and bad examples of expository preaching, very fun chapter."Preaching to Suffering People"--by John Piper. It is by Piper, enough said."A reminder to Shepherds"--By John Macarthur, a fitting close to a fine book.
Expositors Par Excellence
By Jacques Schoeman - September 27, 2007
'Preaching is important as a means of grace not merely because it is used of God to bring about conversions, but also because it is used for our sanctification, that is, our growth in holiness.' James Boice, p 43
In this volume, some of the most sound preachers of our day explain and defend why they continue to be expository and true to the biblical text, as opposed to post-modernists, textual-critics, hyper-pneumatologists, and just about every other Enlightenment deviation. It also underscores the need for sound seminary education. 'To assert that the attempt can be a successful one without study and training upon the part of the preacher, is to deal differently with the department of sacred rhetoric, from what we do with other departments of intellectual effort.' WGT Shedd, Homiletics & Pastoral Theology p 42
'It is wrong for a man to impose his system violently upon any particular text;... read more
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