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New NIV Study Bible On The Way

by Colin Adams 3 March 2015

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Al Martin Lectures

by Colin Adams 3 February 2015

From 1978 to 1998, pastor Albert Martin taught a course at the Trinity Ministerial Academy on how to be an effective pastor.  Every Friday, students would gather for two hours of instruction on this vital topic.  Pastor Martin himself has been pastoring for over 50 years and brings a wealth of experience to bear on […]

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John MacArthur Lectures On Preaching

by Colin Adams 28 January 2015

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The Reliability of Luke – Peter Williams

by Colin Adams 20 August 2014

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Sinclair Ferguson Talks God’s Glory

by Colin Adams 19 August 2014

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At the Evangelical Ministry Assembly (EMA) 2014,  Sinclair Ferguson gave two addresses on the theme “Preaching and the Glory of God.”     ShareTweet

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A Modern Classic Revisited

by Colin Adams 19 August 2014

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A book that I love and frequently return to, gets a review over at 9Marks.  The crit of Bryan Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching reminded me of some of the strengths of that book: 1) It clearly defines expository preaching. 2) It gives excellent practical instruction about how to prepare sermons (for example, the chapter on application […]

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Preaching Series: Long Or Short?

by Colin Adams 14 August 2014

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First things first, there is no ‘right’ answer to this question.  Just because MLJ preached over 300 times on Romans (366 sermons to be exact) doesn’t mean that you should! And just because that trendy church you visited on holiday keep all their sermon series short, hardly means you should ape their method. In truth, […]

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Vaughan Takes You From His Study To The Pulpit

by Colin Adams 14 August 2014

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In March 2014, one of my favourite preachers, Vaughan Roberts, gave a series of talks at a preachers training day of the East Anglia Gospel Partnership.  His theme: The Journey From Study To Pulpit. In three sessions, Vaughan walks us through how to prepare a sermon on  Old Testament narrative (using Daniel as an example). […]

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Don’t Just Preach Simply, Preach Richly

by Colin Adams 5 June 2014

This is so, so good from Gary Millar. A seminar from the Basics Conference 2014.  Our preaching will certainly improve if we listen to some of the insightful points being made here. ShareTweet

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Workman’s Toolbox – 12th March 2014

by Colin Adams 12 March 2014

Kevin De Young: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Expository Preaching Audio from a pastor’s conference in Dubai: John Folmar:  Biblical Leadership John Piper:  Brothers, We Are Not Professionals The danger of self-awareness in preaching – Erik Raymond Thabiti Anyabwile’s very moving farewell letter to his church       ShareTweet

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Paperless Pastors

by Colin Adams 27 July 2015

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The other day I was cleaning out some old files and stumbled across a folder marked illustrations. I forced open the reluctant ring-binder, to discover a topically arranged A-Z directory. Inside each section there were further sleeve pockets with sticky label titles like ‘Apathy’, ‘Assurance’ and ‘Atheism’ in black marker pen. It struck me how much technology has changed our […]

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Rules For Sermon Writing

by Colin Adams 24 June 2015

Alexander Somerville (1811-1855) was one of the closest friends of Robert Murray McCheyne. Serving the Lord in Glasgow and having a powerful ministry in his own right, we see something of Somerville’s rigorous preparation in his “Rules for sermon writing.” These are sane and above all spiritually-minded guidelines. Why not print them off, as I […]

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Download This: ‘Preaching Like The Master’

by Colin Adams 20 April 2015

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Last week, along with hundreds of other pastors from around the globe, I enjoyed the immense privilege of listening to the preaching of Stuart Olyott. Not only were the contents of his sermons an encouragement, but the manner of his preaching was an example to be emulated. Though it was not the purpose of the […]

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25 Truths About Preaching – #6: Don’t Just Preach The Gospel; Suffer For It If Necessary

by Colin Adams 3 March 2015

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“Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.“ (2 Timothy 1:8) “And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.  That is why I am suffering as I am.” (2 Timothy 1:11-12) Here are the facts, gentlemen:  water boils at 100 celsius, 21% […]

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25 Truths About Preaching: #5 – “A Gospel Minister Must Not Be Ashamed To Testify About Our Lord”

by Colin Adams 3 February 2015

“Do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord”            (2 Timothy 1:8) Nothing God says is ever redundant. The pages of Holy Scripture contain nothing extraneous, nothing unnecessary. This we should keep firmly in mind when we ponder a text like 2 Timothy 1 v 9. We might be inclined, on first reading, to feel […]

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25 Truths About The Preacher: # 4 – The Preaching Gift Must Be Exercised With Love, Power and Self Control

by Colin Adams 29 January 2015

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‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’ (2 Timothy 1:7) Make no mistake: we rely entirely on the Holy Spirit. On the one hand, we know that without the Spirit of God we cannot be saved. On the other, we realise that without the […]

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25 Truths About Preachers: #3 – The Gift Of A Herald Must Be Fanned Into Flame

by Colin Adams 27 January 2015

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“For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God” (1 Timothy 1:6) Timothy possessed a gift that was always in danger of dimming and dying. To prevent this – this gradual chill towards extinction – his spiritual charisma needed to be fanned into flame. Whatever this gift was, it enabled […]

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25 Truths About Preachers: #2 – The Preacher’s Gift Comes From God

by Colin Adams 23 January 2015

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”  (2 Tim 1:6). Straight after his sermon one Sunday, C.H Spurgeon was met by an excited woman.  “Oh, Mr. Spurgeon”, she beamed, “that sermon was wonderful.” “Yes, madam,” Spurgeon replied, […]

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25 Truths About Preachers: #1 – He Proclaims A Message That Holds Out The Promise Of Life

by Colin Adams 22 January 2015

‘Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus.’ (2 Tim 1:1) There are over 7 billion communicators in the world. Amongst that colossal crowd, there are many who could be fairly branded excellent communicators. Some such orators are so verbally […]

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25 Truths About Preachers

by Colin Adams 21 January 2015

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The Bible is the best place to learn about preaching.  Other books on preaching can be good, of course. But whatever Scripture says on preaching is definitive. Its like drinking from the spring itself. One portion of Holy writ that has much to say about preaching is Paul’s second letter to Timothy. Written “in the […]

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