Category Archives: Preaching

John Frame’s critique of Barth’s teaching on human language and divine words

This is from Frame’s chapter on epistemology in his book on the doctrine of God: More recent thinkers have also appealed to divine transcendence to show that there is something inappropriate about using human language to refer to God. Such … Continue reading

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John Frame on allegory, authorial intent, and creativity in biblical interpretation

The Richness of Scripture’s Meaning The traditional concern for contextual exegesis must be qualified somewhat by some implications from our principle that meaning is application and application is meaning. The meaning of a text is any use to which it … Continue reading

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Charles Spurgeon on the missionary call: “The Mission languishes for want of men.”

Speaking to the students of the pastor’s college of which he was president, Spurgeon remarked: We ought not to put it on this foot,–not, “Can I prove that I ought to go?” but, “Can I prove that I ought not to go?” … Continue reading

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C.H. Spurgeon: “Brother, your failure, if you fail, will begin in your faith.”

We have only waded ankle-deep in faith as yet. We thought the water very cold and chill when we timorously ventured in; but having tried it up to the ankles, we have found it good and pleasant. Let us advance … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on the simple missions of the (seemingly complex) Church and State

It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects–education, building, missions, holding services. Just as it is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects–military, political, economic, and what not. But in … Continue reading

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John Broadus on why pastors shoud be careful when preaching on political matters

That truly pious men shall carry their religion into politics, shall keep religious principle uppermost in all political questions which have a moral character, is an unquestionable and solemn duty. Of course it is right that the preacher should urge … Continue reading

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John Broadus on the relationship between preaching and counseling in the ministry of the pastor

Pastoral work is of immense importance, and all preachers should be diligent in performing it. But it cannot take the place of preaching, nor fully compensate for lack of power in the pulpit. The two help each other, and neither … Continue reading

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