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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 #14: Keys to Effective Sermon Illustrations

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Hershael York joins me in a discussion on keys to effective sermon illustrations. Dr. York is the Victor and Louise Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Senior Pastor of Buckrun Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Guest(s): Hershael York

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

  • Dr. York’s call to ministry, and what has shaped him as a preacher.
  • The two aspects of every sermon: preaching what the text says, and applying the text.
  • The need to intentionally illustrate the sermon.
  • The Biblical pattern and use of illustrations.
  • How to enhance one’s sermon illustrating ability.
  • When to use sermon illustrations.
  • Why pastors should not use sermon illustration books.
  • Helpful ways to find good sermon illustrations.
  • Why pastors should plan their sermons in advance.
  • The power and risk of personal illustrations.
  • The illustration rule: when in doubt, leave it out.
  • How to discern whether the illustration is taking too much precedence over the text.

 

“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