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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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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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Preaching from the Gospels

by Peter Grainger 15 December 2014

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In July 2014, Don Carson led a seminar on  “Preaching from John’s Gospel” at the Faith Mission in Edinburgh. It is well worth hearing -  not least his opening comments on how to preach from any Gospel, in which he highlights a tendency among preachers which is, in my experience of reviewing several hundred sermons over the […]

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10 Questions For Expositors – Andrew Davis

by Colin Adams 14 August 2014

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As I pound the roads for exercise, no preacher is more often ‘in my ear’ than Andrew Davis. Dr Davis has been the senior pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC) Durham  since 1998. He has penned a helpful booklet “An Approach to Extended Scripture Memorization” and a much needed book on holiness, titled “An Infinite […]

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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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