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Preaching and Preachers

By Dr. Jason K. Allen

Preaching and Preachers is the official podcast of Dr. Jason Allen, the president of Midwestern Seminary.

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Episode 95: Four Essentials of Great Preaching

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Owen Strachan joins me for a recurring guest host episode where he interviews me on preaching. Today’s discussion will be on four essentials of great preaching. Dr. Strachan is the Director of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Associate Professor of Christian Theology.

Guest(s): Owen Strachan

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Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • A brief discussion on Dr. Strachan’s current ministry
  • A definition of great preaching
  • What it means to faithfully preach the Word of God
  • What it means for a sermon to be fruitful
  • Why pastors should aspire to be great preachers
  • Why conviction is essential in preaching
  • Why confidence is essential in preaching
  • Why clarity is essential in preaching
  • Why compassion is essential in preaching

 

Episode 94: The Pastor and Temptation

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Justin Taylor joins me for a discussion on the pastor and temptation. Justin is the executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books, including co-editing Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen.

Guest(s): Justin Taylor

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Some of the topics discussed in today’s episode are:

  • A brief discussion on Justin’s ministry at Crossway
  • A brief discussion on what drew Justin to study and write on John Owen
  • 2 Lessons Justin learned about temptation from writing on John Owen
  • Particular temptations that pastors face today
  • A discussion about reevaluating Christian leadership in light of faithfulness rather than I.Q. or content produced
  • Why pastors must continually guard their hearts
  • The momentary pleasure of sin compared to the lasting effects of sin

 

Episode 93: Preaching Judgment

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Erik Raymond joins me in a discussion on preaching judgment. Erik serves as the preaching pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska.

Guest(s): Erik Raymond

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Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • A brief discussion on Erik’s ministry at Emmaus
  • What prompted Erik to write his new book Is Hell for Real?
  • The state of the preaching on hell in evangelicalism
  • A brief discussion on Jonathan Edwards’ sermon “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” and whether or not pastors should preach sermons like that today
  • The reality that most churches focus on the temporal as compared to the eternal
  • The pastor’s responsibility to preach on hell
  • Pitfalls pastors should avoid when preaching on judgment

 

Episode 92: Preaching Acts

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Tony Merida joins me in a discussion on preaching Acts. Tony is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. He has numerous books including Exalting Jesus in Acts in the Christ-Centered Exposition Series.

Guest(s): Tony Merida

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Some of the topics discussed in today’s episode are:

  • A brief discussion on Tony’s ministry at Imago Dei and Southeastern
  • How long it took Tony to preach through Acts
  • A summary of the message of Acts
  • Why pastors should preach through Acts
  • What pastors should be aware of before preaching through Acts
  • Tony’s personal takeaways after preaching and writing on Acts
  • Recommended resources for preaching through Acts
  • Concluding advice on preaching Acts

 

Episode 91: Pastoring in Hard Places

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Mez McConnell joins me in a discussion on pastoring in hard places. Mez is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the director of 20Schemes, a church planting and revitalization initiative in Scotland, and he is also Co-Director of the Acts 29 initiative called Church in Hard Places.

Guest(s): Mez McConnell

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Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • A brief discussion on Mez’s current ministry with Niddrie, 20 Schemes, and Acts 29
  • A brief discussion on schemes in Scotland
  • A brief discussion on Mez’s book Church in Hard Places
  • Mercy ministry and the local church
  • How to define a “Hard Place”
  • What are the joys of pastoring in hard places
  • Why young men should consider 20Schemes and pastoring in hard places