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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 72: The Preacher and Sermon Illustrations

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Owen Strachan joins me for a discussion on the preacher and sermon illustrations. Dr. Strachan is the Director of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Associate Professor of Christian Theology.

Guest(s): Owen Strachan

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

  • A proper definition of sermon illustrations
  • Why preachers should use sermon illustrations
  • Why sermon illustrations must amplify the text and not distract from it
  • Why sermon illustrations must match the tone of the text
  • Why preachers should never illustrate an illustration
  • Why sermon illustrations should pack an added punch
  • Why preachers should not overestimate the role of sermon illustrations

Episode 71: The Pastor and Laziness

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Eric Geiger joins me in a discussion on the pastor and laziness. Eric serves as a Senior Vice President at LifeWay Christian Resources, leading the Resources Division.

Guest(s): Eric Geiger

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

  • A brief discussion on Eric’s current ministry at LifeWay
  • Understanding hard work in light of God’s grace
  • The pendulum swing from workaholism to laziness
  • 5 warning signs that laziness is creeping into your ministry
  • Sign 1: Learning less
  • Sign 2: Listening less
  • Sign 3: Evaluating less
  • Sign 4: Coaching less
  • Sign 5: Complaining more
  • Why laziness is a sin
  • Effects of a lazy pastor on his congregation
  • How pastors can fight laziness
  • The difference between rest, recreation, and laziness

 

Episode 70: The Pastor and Suffering

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Ligon Duncan joins me in a discussion on the pastor and suffering. Ligon is the Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology.

Guest(s): Ligon Duncan

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

  • A brief discussion on Dr. Duncan’s ministry at RTS
  • Why Ligon wrote Does Grace Grow Best in Winter?
  • What it means to preach to broken hearts
  • How pastors learn to empathize with those that are suffering
  • Counsel for pastors that are currently suffering
  • An explanation of Ligon’s quote “How does God make a minister? He breaks the minister.”
  • God will not waste your suffering

 

Episode 69: Portraits of a Pastor

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Owen Strachan joins me for a discussion on my new edited book Portraits of a Pastor. Dr. Strachan is the Director of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Associate Professor of Christian Theology.

Guest(s): Owen Strachan

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

  • An introduction to Portraits of a Pastor
  • Why the pastor should have holy ambition
  • The pastor’s responsibility to tend the flock of God
  • The pastor’s primary role of preaching
  • The necessity of the pastor being a strong leader
  • What it means for the pastor to be a man of God
  • How pastors should guard their lives and their doctrine

 

Episode 68: Preaching the Pastoral Epistles

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Ray Van Neste joins me in a discussion on preaching the pastoral epistles. Dr. Ray Van Neste serves as Professor of Biblical Studies, as well as, Director of the R. C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Guest(s): Dr. Ray Van Neste

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

  • A brief discussion on Dr. Van Neste’s current ministry at Union
  • How Dr. Van Neste began to love the pastoral epistles
  • Macro-themes in the pastoral epistles
  • The connection between doctrine and ethics in the pastoral epistles
  • A brief discussion on the different age groups mentioned in the pastoral epistles
  • Advice on how to preach the pastoral epistles
  • Why preachers should preach through the pastoral epistles
  • Things to avoid while preaching the pastoral epistles
  • Recommended resources on the pastoral epistles