Tag Archives: Preaching

Dave Harvey “Am I called” – a review

I’ve been a pastor for three and a half years. Dave Harvey has been a pastor and church planter for 30 years and has served on the leadership team of Sovereign Grace Ministries for 17 years.  His book “Am I … Continue reading

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Has Dave Harvey been reading Mr Still?

I have been benefitting from the opening chapters of Dave Harvey’s great little book “Am I Called?  The summons to Pastoral Ministry”  I picked it up to help me with discernment for others and am finding it an encouragement to … Continue reading

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The lasting power of Reformed Experiential Preaching: Joel R. Beeke

Favourite books need to be re-read and re-read.  One of my top re-reads is Puritan Reformed Spirituality by Joel R. Beeke.  In this collection of essays, something which makes this an easy re-read, Beeke creates a wonderful blend of biography, … Continue reading

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Curates. Beware of the step!

I’m interested to know what advice new incumbents [or pastors] might give to curates [or assistant ministers] whilst the experience of stepping up from the number two position to number one in church life is still fresh. I have been … Continue reading

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Spurgeon: Feed your kids beside the shepherds’ tents

William Still, the Church of Scotland minister under whose preaching ministry I was converted, had a phrase “pastor, feed the sheep on such truth that men are called to Christ” [The Work of the Pastor]. C.H. Spurgeon uses similar language … Continue reading

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Why you don’t have to be “good” to get to heaven

There are four types of people Jesus addresses in his gospel.  They have a mixture of pride or humility, ungodliness or godliness. Lots of people confuse these categories. They assume that “good” people are humble and godly and “bad” people … Continue reading

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Oh to speak with conviction

My earlier post on mortification, crucifixion and prayer not only addresses ministry burnout but also conviction.  When I am tired and prayerless I am more alive to sin than dead to it and that includes a lack of conviction of … Continue reading

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Liturgy for Titus (confession and creed)

We started a 7-week series on Paul’s letter to Titus on Sunday. As we try to match liturgy to the word, I’ve written a confession based on Titus 2 and picked up a creed from Michael Perry’s book “Bible Prayers … Continue reading

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Ice cream van preacher – beaten to it!

A few years ago I asked my eldest son what he wanted to do when he grew up.  At 5-years old, he loved (still loves) ice cream and Jesus, so what better career than being an ice cream van preacher? … Continue reading

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Form, content and character in church meetings

A God glorifying church meeting is a combination of three things. 1. Content. Paul writes to Timothy “follow the pattern of sound words” (2 Tim 1:13-14). There are sound and unsound words and the church service must contain the former. … Continue reading

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