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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 98: Progress in the Pulpit

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Jerry Vines joins me in a discussion on progress in the pulpit. Mr. Vines was a pastor for over 60 years. He served twice as President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and for over 23 years as pastor of the internationally recognized First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida.

Guest(s): Jerry Vines

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

  • A brief discussion on Dr. Vines’ ministry
  • A brief discussion on Dr. Vines new book with Dr. Adam Dooley Passion in the Pulpit
  • Why pastors must always be progressing in their preaching ministry
  • How pastors progress in their preaching ministry
  • What Dr. Vines would say to himself if he could go back in time 60 years to the beginning of his ministry
  • The role of education in progressing in the pulpit
  • Practical advice for pastors wanting to progress in the pulpit

Episode 97: The Pastor and Trials

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dave Furman joins me in a discussion on the pastor and trials. Dave serves as the senior pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He is the author of a couple books, including a recent publication titled Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials.

Guest(s): Dave Furman

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

  • A brief discussion on Dave’s ministry at Redeemer Church of Dubai
  • A brief discussion on Dave’s personal illness
  • A brief discussion on Dave’s new book Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials
  • Reasons why God allows his children to have trials
  • The empathy “gap” that some pastors feel when it comes to relating to those who suffer
  • What not to do when someone else is going through a trial
  • Counsel for those currently in a trial

“Best of Preaching and Preachers” 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

 

“Best of Preaching and Preachers” Episode 37: The Preacher and Biblical Authority

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer joins me in a discussion on the preacher and biblical authority. Dr. Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Guest(s): Kevin Vanhoozer

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

  • Vanhoozer’s ministry at Trinity
  • A brief discussion of Dr. Vanhoozer’s new book Biblical Authority After Babel
  • The need to celebrate the Reformation
  • A synthesis of the Reformers biblical hermeneutic
  • The tension of being bold and humble when interpreting the Bible
  • How the Reformers hermeneutic affected their preaching
  • Why the sermon is the “quintessential theological task”
  • What Dr. Vanhoozer means by the title of his book Biblical Authority After Babel
  • The importance of Scripture alone having the supreme authority
  • Vanhoozer’s assessment of the 21st Century Pulpit ministry

 

“Best of Preaching and Preachers” Episode 45: Preaching Text-Driven Sermons

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Steven Smith joins me in a discussion on preaching text-driven sermons. Dr. Smith is pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR.

Guest(s): Steven Smith

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

  • Steven Smith’s ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church
  • Men who have strongly influenced Steven Smith’s preaching
  • A brief discussion on Smith’s book Recapturing the Voice of God
  • How preaching is re-presenting the texts of Scripture
  • What it means for the text to be the template of the sermon
  • Why the structure of the text should be the structure of the sermon
  • The liberating nature of text-driving preaching
  • The necessity of expository preaching for the church
  • The significance of understanding the meaning of the text before trying to figure out how to communicate the text