Category Archives: Preaching

Not a Primitive Philosophy

Will Willimon writing for the Christian Century asserts that truthfulness is most clearly seen in its practical force. “How shall they know you are my disciples? When you love one another.” This was Jesus’ simple response. At the same time we … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday Meditation

Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin Mandatum. The word comes from Jesus’ command on the Last Supper to love one another just as He loved them (Lk. 24). The message of love is very much central to the Gospel message. Evangelicals are all too … Continue reading

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Preaching and the Prodigal Son

I often sit at my desk on Monday morning after a tiring and refreshing Sunday, and say to myself “Here I go again!” I just finished preaching and leading a liturgical service the day before, fellowshiped in the afternoon, and on … Continue reading

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Liturgical Strategy

The worship of the Church accomplishes work in the world. Battles are won or lost as a result of how our churches worship God. Too often we act as though our differences over liturgy were simply differences over decoration, instead … Continue reading

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First Sunday in Lent: Psalm 25, David’s Distress and Deliverance

People of God, this is the first Sunday in Lent. And as we enter into this season we will take a look at Psalm 25. In fact, if you plan on meditating on a biblical book this Lenten Season, I … Continue reading

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The Arrogance of Ignorance

The preaching of the Word of God is alive (Hebrews 4:12). It is sharp and ready to drive itself into the conscience of man. Repentance is a pierced mind by the sword of the gospel. The Heidelberg addresses this as … Continue reading

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Preaching Law/Gospel

In light of recent discussions on law/gospel, I was reminded of this short gem from my former professor John Frame: We should be reminded of course that there is also an opposite extreme: preaching “gospel” in such a way as … Continue reading

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On preaching with questions…

Preaching is a glorious task of which I know very little. Though there are videos and audios available of my preaching ten years ago–God forbid they should ever be made public–my consistent ministry in preaching is only 80 Sundays old. Having been … Continue reading

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Why I Preach from the Lectionary…

Joel Garver offers great apologetic for lectionary preaching: If one were to use the lectionary over a twelve year period, focusing the homilies during each three year cycle upon a different one of the readings, it would be possible in … Continue reading

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Sermon Notes on Psalm 78:9-11; Covenant Childrearing

Psalm 78, sermon preached in 1985. Rev. Dennis Tuuri The primary means of restoring blessings to the people is restoring the hearts of the fathers back to the children: by building strong covenantal families. What should we be teaching our … Continue reading

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Isaiah 60:1-6 Shake off dull slumber, wake, arise! Epiphany Season

Providence Church Epiphany January, 11, 2009 Audio. Prayer: Father, you revealed your Son to the nations by the guidance of a star. We pray that as you guided the magi you may also guide your people to Jesus in whose … Continue reading

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Sermon Notes on Proverbs 1:20-33

Note: This sermon was preached by Rev. Steve Wilkins at Auburn Avenue Presbyterian (CREC). Steve Wilkins Proverbs 1:20-33 The overarching purpose is to communicate wisdom to the hearers. Wisdom brings skills and mastery in some field. This same word is … Continue reading

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Sermon Notes on Psalm 84

Note: I have literally hundreds of sermons to choose from on my Ipod. This sermon interested me, since I preached on Psalm 42 some months ago. Kyle contrasts the two Psalms. Here are some notes I took from a sermon … Continue reading

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Sabbath Lecture Halls

Richard Pratt told us once in seminary that Presbyterian churches had turned their services into classrooms. At the time I was insulted by what appeared to be a defense of anti-intellectualism. I had run away from that tradition long ago … Continue reading

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A Brief Homily on Love

I Corinthians 13 is a spectacular display of poetry. The poetry is so remarkable that young couples are compelled to use it as a part of their wedding ceremony. And that is a reasonable way of using the text; however, … Continue reading

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Motivation for preaching…

I wrote this over 2 years ago… as I was studying under the late Rev. Frank Kik. What illustrates true Biblical preaching? Is it the ability to decipher complex topical issues? Or is it your pulpit mannerisms? In recent times … Continue reading

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A Brief Look at Preaching

What illustrates true Biblical preaching? Is it the ability to decipher complex topical issues? Or is it your pulpit mannerisms? In recent times I have earnestly pursued to answer some of these questions in greater depth. After analyzing Brian Chapel … Continue reading

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