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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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Workman’s Toolbox – 17.10.13

by Colin Adams 17 October 2013

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Some Practical Pointers on Preaching from Alistair Begg. David Robertson gives an interesting take on a controversial subject at the moment in the UK: street preaching. Hershael York has writes helpfully about preaching the supposedly “profitless” passages. Northern Ireland friends: Don’t miss Dale Ralph Davis coming to the country next month (Evangelical Fellowship of Ireland. […]

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Toolbox – 16.9.13

by Colin Adams 16 September 2013

A besetting sin of preachers: vanity. Is your teaching textual? Some questions to help you diagnose. Three characteristics of expository preaching – Al Mohler. A new book by Alec Motyer on preaching.   ShareTweet

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Toolbox – 20.8.13

by Colin Adams 20 August 2013

Ok, so let’s think about preaching Ecclesiastes. Ten distinguishing marks of John Calvin’s preaching According to Paul Levy, there is a new book on preaching by Alec Motyer that will leave you “guilt free.”   ShareTweet

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Workman’s Toolbox – 7.8.13

by Colin Adams 7 August 2013

Bauckham, Piper and Nunez discuss why preaching is still relevant. A great quote from Voddie Bauckham: “preaching is what produces hearers.” Al Mohler deals with the issue of “Discerning the call to preach.” A good article on How Ted Talks differ from preaching Jason Meyer looks to have written an interesting book: Preaching – A […]

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Workman’s Toolbox – 20.6.13

by Colin Adams 20 June 2013

Gavin Perkins explains what ‘Framework Preaching’ is. Thomas Rainer did a poll of pastor’s about the length of their preaching. The median length? 36 minutes. Mez reviews Saving Eutychus. Fred Malone gives two compelling reasons to preach Christ in every sermon: biblical hermeneutics and biblical example. ShareTweet

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Workman’s Toolbox – 12.6.13

by Colin Adams 12 June 2013

Bernie van Eyk explains why ‘God centered preaching” is the only way to go. Brian Croft urges us not to go to the commentaries first. Some insight into Martin Luther’s preaching. A great article for the pastor’s wife, or potential pastor’s wife. ShareTweet

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Workman’s Toolbox – 6.6.13

by Colin Adams 6 June 2013

“Um, oh, and you know: Killer fillers in public preaching” by Tom S. Rainer. “Everything I know about pastoral ministry I learned riding with pastors.” Thanks, Thabiti, for passing on this wisdom. 7 Ways of Preaching Christ From The OT – from Greidanus Watch out: you might be googled while you preach Why won’t my […]

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Workman’s Toolbox – 29.5.13

by Colin Adams 29 May 2013

Peter Mead: How long does your congregation keep their bibles open? Words of Wisdom From The Preacher on Preaching by Danny Akin. (Delivered at God-Exposed Conference). A great quote from Akin to preachers: “What you say is more important than how you say it. But how you say it has never been more important.” Preach […]

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What We Need: Biblical Bluntness

by Colin Adams 11 March 2014

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Effective preaching is characterized by a biblical sort of bluntness.  Another way of saying it is that faithful preachers are willing to speak the truth – however hard hitting that truth might be. Such bracing bluntness marks out the preacher who makes his mark. Think of the greatest expositors down the centuries. Were these men […]

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Restoring Confidence In The Bible? Let’s Start With Confident Pastors, Seminary Professors and Church Leaders

by Colin Adams 7 March 2014

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Steve Chalke’s article Restoring Confidence In The Bible is ironically titled.  The aim of the paper may be laudable, but the paper reveals the very lack of confidence it seeks to resolve. If we are going to restore confidence in the Bible, we must start with restoring it in the hearts of church leaders! If […]

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Paul Tripp On The Pulpit

by Colin Adams 12 February 2014

Lots of interesting things covered in this interview. But helpful practical discussion on the time needed to prepare sermons. ShareTweet

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Colin Smith: Workshop On Preaching

by Colin Adams 15 January 2014

In this excellent lecture Colin Smith tells us that the central task of preaching is proclaiming Christ. He explains something of what he has learned about the process of doing this well. ShareTweet

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Find A Good Church By Finding A Faithful Pulpit

by Colin Adams 15 January 2014

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Moving to a new area and looking for a new church to join? Carl Trueman offers some solid and sane advice about the categories that really matter when choosing a long-term congregation. As you can imagine, preaching features highly in Trueman’s comments. We should want a church where the Word of God is read, expounded […]

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INFORMATION OVERLOAD

by Peter Grainger 15 October 2013

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In a previous posting, I reviewed Philip Collins’ book, The Art of Speeches and Presentations – The secrets of making people remember what you say (Wiley 2012), in which he states that all speeches can be divided into at least one of three functions: 1. Information: a speech whose principal function is to leave an audience better informed […]

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Preaching Your Last Sermon (and Why It Says Everything About Your Ministry)

by Colin Adams 16 September 2013

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Occasionally – though not often enough -  emotion has overwhelmed me in the pulpit. Even more rare in my case, have I ever felt a lump in my throat when listening to a sermon. It must be something of the Scotsman in me, but it just doesn’t happen very often. Yet such a thing happened […]

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The Tourist and the Local

by Tim Bridges 26 August 2013

In 2006 my wife and I moved our little family to Edinburgh.  We lived there for three years while I was in grad school.  When we first walked the streets of that beautiful city we could not have looked more out of place. For one thing, we had tans. We hailed from a Florida suburb where […]

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Mediocrity Is Not ‘OK’

by Colin Adams 20 August 2013

Preaching, when done anywhere near properly, is exceedingly hard work.  The pastor’s seemingly effortless sermon is just the tip of a very large ice-berg. Beneath it lies hours of sermonic sweat. Even our worst sermons are generally a great effort to prepare (not to mention our better ones)! If our congregations only knew the half […]

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Preaching With A Sense Of God About Us

by Colin Adams 7 August 2013

J I. Packer, reflecting on sitting under Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones’ preaching: I have never heard another preacher with so much of God about him…His approach is habitually Isaianic: having surveyed man’s pretensions, his fancied greatness and adequacy, moral, religious, cultural, intellectual, he punctures them, humbling man and exposing his weakness, futility and sin, in […]

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