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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 76: The Preacher and Sermon Application

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Matthew Harmon joins me in a discussion on the preacher and sermon application. Dr. Harmon is professor of New Testament studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He also serves on the preaching team at Christ’s Covenant Church.

Guest(s): Matthew Harmon

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

  • A brief update on Dr. Harmon’s current ministry at Grace College and Theological Seminary
  • Why Dr. Harmon wrote Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible
  • Why correctly applying the text is so important
  • Four questions to ask when applying Scripture
  • Why application should be aimed at the “whole person” not just their behavior
  • Why behavioral application points should be rooted in right thinking and right desires about God
  • How pastors can prevent being too “narrow” in their sermon application

 

“Best of 2017” Episode 55: The Preacher and Sola Scriptura

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Matthew Barrett joins me in a discussion on the Preacher and Sola Scriptura. Dr. Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine, an evangelical publication making theology accessible to those in the church.

Guest(s): Matthew Barrett

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

  • A brief discussion on Dr. Barrett’s new books God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture and Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary
  • A definition of Sola Scriptura
  • The role of Sola Scriptura in the Reformation
  • The relation of Sola Scriptura with the other Solas of the Reformation
  • How Sola Scriptura affected the world of the 16th century
  • The impact of Sola Scriptura replacing mass in the 16th century
  • How Sola Scriptura affected local congregations during worship
  • How should Sola Scriptura affect the 21st-century pastor as he approaches the pulpit
  • How Sola Scriptura holds pastors accountable
  • How Sola Scriptura gives the faithful pastor confidence

 

“Best of 2017” Episode 53: The Pastor and Technology

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Tony Reinke joins me in a discussion on the pastor and technology. Tony is senior writer for Desiring God and author of 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You, Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books, and Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ. He also hosts the Ask Pastor John podcast.

Guest(s): Tony Reinke

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

  • Tony’s current ministry with Desiring God
  • A brief discussion on Tony’s new book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
  • What led Tony to write 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
  • The theology of technology
  • Technology’s effect on interaction and communication within the local church
  • Why people are driven to push the limits with technology
  • The danger of using technology as a means of validation

 

“Best of 2017” Episode 43: The Preacher and the Great Commission

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Danny Akin joins me in a discussion on the preacher and the Great Commission. Dr. Akin serves as Professor of Preaching and Theology, the Ed Young, Sr. Chair of Expository Preaching, as well as the President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forrest, North Carolina.

Guest(s): Danny Akin

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

  • How Danny Akin’s heart for the Great Commission has grown over the years
  • The significance of the Great Commission being Jesus’ last words
  • The pastor’s responsibility to lead his people to be a Great Commission people
  • How the biblical definition of a pastor includes being a theologian, an evangelist, and a missionary
  • 4 ways pastors can lead their people to be a Great Commission people
  • The benefits of Christ-Centered preaching compared to tacking the Gospel on at the end of a sermon

 

“Best of 2017” Episode 38: Preaching to Broken Hearts

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Jared Wilson joins me in a discussion on preaching to broken hearts. Jared serves as the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Managing Editor of For The Church, Midwestern’s site for gospel-centered resources.

Guest(s): Jared Wilson

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

  • Jared’s journey to understanding that ministers preach to broken hearts
  • 6 keys to preaching to broken hearts
  • The need for the pastor to have a connection to his flock
  • How faithful expository preaching ministers to broken hearts
  • How much the pastor should share his own struggles with his congregation
  • The necessity of the pastor ministering the gospel to the broken hearts of his church
  • The importance of a pastor praying for his people
  • The need for the pastor to point people to Christ in their sermon illustrations