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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 107: The Pastor and Shepherding Difficult Sheep

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Steve Dighton joins me in a discussion on the pastor and shepherding difficult sheep. Pastor Dighton serves as pastor emeritus at Lenexa Baptist Church in Lenexa, Kansas. He founded Lenexa Baptist Church in 1990 and served as their senior pastor until his retirement in 2015.

Guest(s): Steve Dighton

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

  • A brief discussion on Steve’s current ministry
  • The reality that there are difficult sheep in the church that must be shepherded
  • The need for pastors to be humble as they shepherd difficult sheep
  • Warning signs of difficult sheep
  • The necessity of communication in shepherding difficult sheep
  • How to wisely handle strong personalities
  • Principles Steve applies when shepherding difficult sheep

 

Episode 106: The Preacher as Interim

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. John Mark Yeats joins me in a discussion on the preacher as interim. Dr. Yeats serves as dean of students and associate professor of church history at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College.

Guest(s): John Mark Yeats

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

  • A brief discussion on Dr. Yeats’ current ministry
  • Why Dr. Yeats has enjoyed being an interim pastor
  • The intentions and goals of a faithful interim pastor
  • Pitfalls interim pastors should avoid
  • How interim pastors should deal with unique challenges in the church
  • Why interim pastors should not underestimate the pulpit ministry
  • Why Ephesians is a helpful book to preach during an interim pastorate
  • Special moments Dr. Yeats has had as an interim pastor

Episode 105: The Preacher and Podcasts

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe join me for a discussion on the preacher and podcasts. Thom is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism.

Jonathan serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is also the host and producer of Rainer on Leadership and SBC This Week, and the managing editor of LifeWayPastors.com.

 

Guest(s): Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe

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

  • A brief discussion on Thom’s and Jonathan’s ministry at Lifeway
  • A brief history of Thom’s blog and podcast ministry
  • The reason for the recent rise of the podcast
  • The marks of a good podcast
  • The marks of a weak podcast
  • How pastors can best use podcasts to strengthen their ministries
  • A discussion on whether or not pastors should start their own podcasts

 

Episode 104: The Preacher and Sermon Introductions

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Ben Awbrey joins me in a discussion on the preacher and sermon introductions. Dr. Awbrey is professor of preaching at Midwestern Seminary. He has been teaching expository preaching since 1996 and he has written two books on preaching: How Effective Sermons Begin and How Effective Sermons Advance.

Guest(s): Ben Awbrey

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

  • A brief introduction to Dr. Awbrey’s ministry at Midwestern
  • A brief introduction to Dr. Awbrey’s book How Effective Sermons Begin
  • The importance of the sermon introduction
  • How long a sermon introduction should last
  • What constitutes a bad sermon introduction
  • Keys for a good sermon introduction
  • When to craft the sermon introduction
  • The importance of stating the purpose of the sermon in the introduction

 

 

Episode 103: The Preaching of R. C. Sproul

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Burk Parsons joins me in a discussion on the preaching of R. C. Sproul. Burk is senior pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow, chief publishing officer for Ligonier Ministries, and editor of Tabletalk magazine.

Guest(s): Burk Parsons

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

  • A brief discussion on Burk’s current ministry at St. Andrews and Ligonier
  • A brief discussion on R. C. Sproul’s life and ministry
  • What made R. C. the type of preacher that people wanted to listen to
  • How R. C. approached preaching
  • The most important lesson Burk learned from R. C.’s preaching
  • R. C.’s desire and ability to preach for the glory of the Lord and not the praise of man
  • What we can learn from R. C.’s sermon prep
  • Final words of advice for preachers