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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 128: Preaching Ecclesiastes

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Philip Ryken joins me in a discussion on preaching Ecclesiastes. Dr. Ryken serves as President of Wheaton College and has published more than fifty books including one titled Ecclesiastes: Why Everything Matters in the Preach the Word commentary series. Read more

Guest(s): Philip Ryken

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

  • A brief discussion on Dr. Ryken’s current ministry at Wheaton College
  • A brief discussion on when Dr. Ryken preached through Ecclesiastes
  • How we can see the Gospel in Ecclesiastes
  • Some of the macro themes in the book of Ecclesiastes
  • The relevance of Ecclesiastes for today’s church
  • The key theme of Ecclesiastes
  • How to preach Christ from Ecclesiastes
  • Some personal takeaways that Dr. Ryken has gleaned from the book of Ecclesiastes

 

Episode 127: God’s Love and the Local Church

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Jonathan Leeman joins me in a discussion on God’s love and the local church. Jonathan is the editorial director for 9Marks, and he also serves as an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church in Cheverly, MD. Read more

Guest(s): Jonathan Leeman

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

  • A brief discussion about Jonathan’s ministry at 9Marks and Cheverly Baptist Church
  • A brief discussion on Jonathan’s new book The Rule of Love: How the Local Church Should Reflect God’s Love and Authority
  • Why Jonathan wrote The Rule of Love
  • The thesis of The Rule of Love
  • How God’s love contrasts with the world’s love
  • How God’s love affects the local church
  • The relationship between love and authority
  • Why pastors need to rightly understand God’s love to rightly serve the church

 

Episode 126: The Pastor and Church Planting

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Tony Merida and Steve Timmis join me in a discussion on the pastor and church planting. Tony is the pastor for preaching and vision at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. He is also the content director for Acts 29. And Steve is a pastor at The Crowded House in Sheffield, England. He is also the Executive Director of Acts 29. Read more

Guest(s): Tony Merida and Steve Timmis

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

  • A brief discussion on Tony’s ministry at Imago Dei Church and Acts 29 and Steve’s ministry at The Crowded House and Acts 29
  • The current need for church planting
  • The pragmatic and theological arguments for church planting
  • How one can determine if they should plant a church
  • Considerations to keep in mind before planting a church
  • How churches can partner with church plants
  • What Tony and Steve wish they knew before they planted their first church
  • Advice for struggling church planters

 

Episode 125: The Pastor and Self-Discipline

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Drew Dyck joins me in a discussion on the pastor and self-discipline. Drew is an acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers and a contributing editor at CTPastors.com, a Christianity Today publication for church leaders. He has written several books including one that just came out titled Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science. Read more

Guest(s): Drew Dyck

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

  • A brief introduction to Drew’s ministry at Moody
  • A brief introduction to Drew’s book Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science.
  • Why he wrote his new book?
  • A discussion on the paradox of self-control
  • How pastors can err when it comes to self-discipline
  • How pastors can cultivate greater self-discipline

 

Episode 124: The Pastor and Human Dignity

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Daniel Darling joins me in a discussion on the pastor and human dignity. Dan is the Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC). Read more

Guest(s): Daniel Darling

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

  • Dan’s current ministry at the ERLC
  • A brief introduction to Dan’s new book The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God’s Rich Vision for Humanity
  • What prompted Dan to write The Dignity Revolution
  • The premise of The Dignity Revolution
  • The current state of human dignity in America today
  • How human dignity is recovered
  • The role that pastors play in recovering human dignity
  • Pitfalls for pastors to avoid when it comes to recovering human dignity