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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 63: The Pastor and the Mentoring Church

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Phil Newton joins me in a discussion on the pastor and the mentoring church. Phil is senior pastor of South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He has recently written The Mentoring Church, and his previous books include Elders in the Life of the Church and Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals.

Guest(s): Phil Newton

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

  • A brief discussion on Phil’s current ministry at South Woods Baptist Church
  • What led Phil to write The Mentoring Church
  • Why the most effective mentoring pairs together the pastor and the local church
  • Examples of faithful mentoring from Church History
  • Reasons why pastors should be intentional about mentoring
  • Practical advice for how to become a mentoring church

 

Episode 62: The Pastor and His Rest

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. David Murray joins me for a discussion on the pastor and his rest. Dr. Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church.

Guest(s): David Murray

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

  • Murray’s current ministry with Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church
  • A brief discussion on Dr. Murray’s new book Reset
  • How Dr. Murray prevents being overwhelmed by what seems like unlimited ministerial opportunities
  • Why pastors should learn to say no
  • Why pastors should learn to discern the difference between doing more ministry and doing ministry well
  • The role of friends, family, and the church in helping a pastor prevent burnout
  • How we should look at heroes of the faith and their demanding schedules
  • How to find the balance of work and rest in ministry
  • The theological foundations for rest
  • The role of recreation in resting

 

Episode 61: 5 Reasons Sermons Fail

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Owen Strachan joins me for a discussion on 5 reasons sermons fail. 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:

  • Why insufficient study is often a cause of sermon failure
  • Advice on how to attain sufficient study
  • Why too many notes can often lead to sermon failure
  • How to avoid letting a sermon manuscript become a liability
  • How misplaced confidence is often a reason sermons fail
  • The true place pastors should derive their confidence
  • Why lack of clarity often leads to sermon failure
  • Advice on how to improve clarity while preaching
  • Why unconfessed sin leads to sermon failure

 

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