Preaching to Be Understood Not to Impress

“There is my friend the Rev. So-and-so, Doctor of Divinity; he is a great student, and whenever he finds a hard word in his books he tells it next Sunday to his congregation. He has a little intellectual circle, who think his preaching must be good, because they cannot understand it, and who think it proven that he must be an intelligent man because all the pews are empty. They believe he must be a very useful member of society; in fact, they compare him to Luther, and think he is a second Paul, because nobody will listen to him, … Continue reading Preaching to Be Understood Not to Impress

Spirit produced anger

1 Samuel 11:6: “When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came upon him in power, and he burned with anger.” Interesting, don’t you think? One of the results of the Spirit of God coming upon Saul was that he became very angry. There are obviously very many times when our anger proves that we are not walking in the Spirit, but I wonder if there might be times when our failure to become angry proves the same thing? Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “It is possible to be angry, and yet sin not, and it is possible to hate, … Continue reading Spirit produced anger

Spurgeon on Evangelism

I thought I might just share an outline of one the talks I gave at Shepherd Conference.  It has got some great quotes you might enjoy. Charles Spurgeon on Evangelism In this seminar I want us to consider what we can learn from Charles Spurgeon about what makes an effective, God-glorifying evangelist.   1.         The Importance of Being Earnest “If I were asked ‘What in a Christian minister is the most essential quality for securing success in winning souls for Christ?’ I should reply, ‘Earnestness’; and if I were asked a second or third time, I should not vary the … Continue reading Spurgeon on Evangelism

It was me…

“There was a day, as I took my walks abroad, when I came hard by a spot forever engraven upon my memory, for there I saw this friend, my best, my only Friend…. MURDERED. I stooped down in sad affright, and looked at Him. I saw that His hands had been pierced with rough iron nails, and His feet had been rent in the same way. There was misery in His dead countenance so terrible that I scarcely dared to look upon it. His body was emaciated with hunger, His back was red with bloody scourges, and His brow had … Continue reading It was me…