The Preacher's Toolbox: Augustine’s Purposes of Preaching

Neither attentive note-taking, nor appreciative head-nods, nor even sympathetic tears satisfy the purpose of preaching. Only lives that are changed by the Word working in the hearts of God’s people can do that.

Preaching Advent: Some Insights from Hermann Sasse

Advent is something of a liturgical speed bump that slows us down lest we rush to Christmas but forget that the baby born in Bethlehem will return with glory and power to judge the living and the dead.

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Old Testament: Isaiah 35:1-10 (Advent 3: Series A)

No one comes to God except through Christ who took the jagged road of Calvary for you and me and opened-up the way previously...

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Epistle: James 5:7-11 (Advent 3: Series A)

More than that, as children of the One who is the Resurrection and the eternal Life, as children who have themselves been both...

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Gospel: Matthew 11:2-15 (Advent 3: Series A)

John the Baptist’s question in our text offers you an opportunity to help your congregation take seriously the doubts...

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Old Testament

Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-17 (Advent 4: Series A)

A sign was given to Ahaz to point him toward the greater sign given in a manger and that Bethlehem’s Messiah is the sign we...

Epistle

Epistle: Romans 1:1-7 (Advent 4: Series A)

Therefore, on the cusp of Christmas the message of the fourth week in Advent heightens our anticipation and joy, but also the...

Gospel

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25 (Advent 4: Series A)

Matthew makes it abundantly clear that Joseph lacked one thing: Control. He may have been the titular head of his emerging...

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