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A Pastor’s Reflections: Meatloaf or Lobster?

VFT
One of the best feelings in the world is to deliver a sermon and get positive feedback. You spend a large part of your week preparing your message—translating the text, studying its syntax, reading commentaries, looking over background materials, and then refining and honing your message. Often it seems as…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Practice, Practice, Practice!

VFT
I was recently at a dinner party where an esteemed and seasoned colleague was commenting about the state of preaching in the church. He sadly lamented, “I think the problem with most seminary graduates is that they think that they’ve picked up all they need to learn in seminary, and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Exegetical Landmines

VFT
I can remember being in seminary and as I would learn about various books of the Bible or encounter passages of Scripture I would make a mental note that I wanted to preach and teach such things. I accumulated my wish list and mentally filed it away in my brain…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t Beat the Sheep

VFT
Over the years I’ve encountered a number of situations where pastors were seemingly more intent on beating rather than feeding the sheep. I can remember the Regional Home Missionary in our presbytery talking about this problem. He would stand up during an ordination theology exam and ask the candidate, “Can…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Preach to Yourself

VFT
When I was regularly preparing my weekly sermons I often wondered whether I would make any type of impact upon my church. After all, a pastor will pour anywhere between 10-20 hours of preparation to preach for 30 minutes, give or take. Naturally, you want to know whether the people…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t Listen to Sermons

VFT
When students cross the threshold and enter the hallowed halls of seminary, those who enroll in the Master of Divinity program usually have one big goal in mind—they want to be preachers. This is a perfectly natural and understandable goal, one to which all MDiv students should aspire. Seminaries, therefore,…
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Preaching is Not a Lecture

Michael S. Horton
"Preaching involves teaching, but it is much more than that. The sacramental aspect of the Word--that is, its role as a means of grace--underlies Reformation teaching. The preaching of the gospel not only calls people to faith in Christ; it is the means by which the Spirit creates faith in…
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February 6, 2014

The Primary Purpose of the Church

VFT
Foreign missions is undoubtedly one of the primary tasks of the church. After all, it was Christ who commanded his church to evangelize the nations in the Great Commission.  Moreover, we know that the apostle Paul was one who had a great zeal for missions.  But if we were to…
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Him We Proclaim: Defining and Defending Apostolic Homiletics (Introduction)

Dennis E. Johnson
Westminster professor Dennis Johnson gave two lectures at the annual Preaching Conference sponsored by Westminster Theological Seminary (Pennsylvania) on October 20, 2010. His topic was apostolic, christocentric homiletics. Valiant for Truth will be publishing a transcript of these lectures in segments every Wednesday, starting today! Get ready to learn about…
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September 7, 2011