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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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“Best of Preaching and Preachers” Episode #1: Great Preachers of Church History

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Drs. Timothy George and Christian George join me in a discussion on the Great Preachers of Church History. Dr. Timothy George is the dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and has been the dean since the school’s inception in 1988. Dr. Christian George serves as the curator of the C.H. Spurgeon Library and as assistant professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also in the process of publishing the Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, A twelve volume project that will be releasing volumes yearly until the year 2023.

Guest(s): Dr. Timothy George and Dr. Christian George

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

  • The necessity of preaching in the ministry of the church.
  • The nature of preaching found in the Bible.
  • The relationship between preaching and courage.
  • Lesser known great preachers throughout church history.
  • The heralding nature of preaching.
  • Great preachers from the Southern Baptist Convention.

The four great preachers discussed today were:

  • John Chrysostom
  • John Huss
  • John Knox
  • George Whitefield

“Best of Preaching and Preachers” Episode #19: On Pastoring

This week on Preaching and Preachers, H. B. Charles Jr. joins me in a discussion on his new book titled On Pastoring. H. B. is the senior pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Guest(s): H. B. Charles

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

  • A brief analysis of On Pastoring.
  • The promptings that led H. B. to write the book.
  • H. B.’s calling to the ministry.
  • H. B.’s early pastorate.
  • The primary work of the pastor.
  • The pastor’s heart.
  • The pastor’s prioritization of God and family above ministry.
  • The pastor’s identity, found first and foremost in God.
  • How pastors can serve their children.
  • The pastor’s ministry and how it starts at home.
  • The need for pastors to be content and faithful where they are.
  • Why pastors should “Play where the coach puts them.”
  • Why pastors should have their eyes open for young men to invest in.

 

Episode 58: Pastoring as an Imperfect Disciple

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Jared Wilson joins me in a discussion on pastoring as an imperfect disciple. Jared is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Managing Editor of For The Church (and host of the FTC Podcast), and Director of The Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO.

Guest(s): Jared Wilson

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

  • A brief discussion on the FTC Podcast
  • A brief discussion on The Imperfect Disciple
  • How a keen awareness of the pastor’s own imperfections help him shepherd imperfect people
  • How a pastor balances being an imperfect disciple with living an exemplary life before the church
  • Common misconceptions about discipleship
  • Practical advice for pastors concerning discipleship
  • The difference between boasting in your brokenness and being honest in your brokenness

 

Episode 57: 10 Public Speaking Tips from Charles Spurgeon

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Christian George joins me in a discussion on 10 public speaking tips from Charles Spurgeon. Dr. George serves as the curator of the C.H. Spurgeon Library and as assistant professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also in the process of publishing the Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, A twelve volume project that will be releasing volumes yearly until the year 2023.

Guest(s): Christian George

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

  • An update from Dr. George on The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon
  • 10 tips derived from Lectures to My Students
  • Why preachers should “posture up”
  • The importance of articulation while preaching
  • Why “you don’t have to raise your voice to raise the dead”
  • Why it is helpful to modulate one’s voice throughout the sermon
  • Why preachers should be themselves while preaching
  • Why preachers should learn to embrace criticism
  • The difference between criticism and cynicism
  • Why preachers should refine the craft of preaching

 

Episode 56: 5 Words That Improve Any Sermon

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 focused five words that improve any sermon. 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:

  • Why intentional speech in the pulpit is essential
  • Why preachers should say “The Bible says” from the pulpit
  • Why preachers should be intentional about the word “Look” in the pulpit
  • Why the word “repentance” should be said often in the pulpit
  • Why preachers should move from using the third person plural to the second person singular in their sermons
  • Why Jesus’ name should be said often in the pulpit