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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 60: The Preacher and the Search Committee

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Frank Page joins me in a discussion on the preacher and the search committee. Dr. Page serves as president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee. He has previously served in pastoral ministry for 35 years.

Guest(s): Frank Page

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

  • What led Dr. Page to write his new book Looking for a New Pastor: 10 Questions Every Church Should Ask
  • Common pitfalls churches make concerning search committees
  • How accurately or inaccurately a church committee can reflect the rest of the local church
  • Common expectations of both the pastor and the search committee
  • How search committees should process a preacher’s past pastorates
  • The importance of honesty concerning the pastor before a search committee
  • How the search committee should sense if a pastor is ready for their particular local church
  • Questions pastors should ask search committees

 

Episode 59: The Preacher and Consecutive Exposition

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Brian Payne joins me for a discussion on the preacher and consecutive exposition. Brian is Associate Professor of Christian Theology and Expository Preaching; as well as, the Program Coordinator for Church Ministry at Boyce College and Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Guest(s): Brian Payne

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

  • A brief discussion on Brian’s coauthored book with Scott Orrick and Ryan Fullerton titled Encountering God Through Expository Preaching
  • A definition of Expository Preaching
  • Why expository preaching should be the “main diet” of the congregation
  • 6 benefits of consecutive exposition
  • Why consecutive exposition helps the preacher grow in knowledge and obedience
  • The pastoral benefits of consecutive exposition
  • The prophetic benefits of consecutive exposition
  • How consecutive exposition allows the Word of God to set the agenda of the sermon
  • The many practical benefits of consecutive exposition

 

“Best of Preaching and Preachers” Episode 34: Becoming a Christ-Centered Expositor

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Tony Merida joins me in a discussion on becoming a Christ-centered expositor. Tony is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. He also serves as Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

Guest(s): Tony Merida

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

  • Tony’s ministry at Imago Dei and Southeastern
  • Tony’s new book The Christ-Centered Expositor
  • What it means to be an expositor
  • How the sermon should flow from the main point of the text
  • What it means to be a Christ-centered expositor
  • Why pastors should study the text with both a magnifying glass and a wide-angled lens
  • How to become a Christ-centered expositor
  • Learning how to “unify the redemptive theme”
  • How to bring the sermon together in the conclusion
  • Christ-centered application

 

“Best of Preaching and Preachers” Episode 23: Raising Children in the Ministry

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Drs. Tom Elliff and Jon Elliff join me in a discussion on raising children in the ministry. Dr. Tom Elliff is the father of Jon, founder of Living in the Word Publications, former pastor for forty-two years, IMB president from 2011-2014, and also an IMB missionary to Zimbabwe. His son, Jon, is currently serving as teaching pastor at Makakilo Baptist Church in Hawaii.

Guest(s): Tom and Jon Elliff

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

  • The Elliff family story
  • The significance of not speaking despairingly of the church in front of your children
  • The importance of teaching your children to love the church
  • Leading a family that is well ordered, but not self-righteous
  • Hypocritical parents create hypocritical children
  • How to shepherd your child if they feel a call to ministry
  • The role of parents fostering a love for God in their children
  • Mistakes to avoid while raising children in the ministry
  • The significance of keeping your word while raising children in the ministry
  • The most important pursuit while raising your children in the ministry

 

“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.