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Is the Bible true?

  When people ask us whether the Bible is true, we need to begin with the essential nature of Scripture itself. Second Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed.” The older translations use the words “inspired” or “inspiration.” Inspiration is that process by which the Holy Spirit came upon the authors of the Bible (without […]

The Preacher’s Dilemma — Finding Time for Study

  Looking back on forty years of pastoral work, there is one vexing problem I never really solved—the balance between the pastor’s study time and his other duties. Our first and foremost task as pastors is to preach and teach God’s Word, feeding the flock—systematically, thoroughly, biblically, expositionally, and relevantly. Paul commanded Timothy to preach […]

Please Give Me Exposition, Part 2

  “Preaching in our time is in a dither,” as David Larson wrote in The Company of Preachers, a sweeping biographical review of preaching through the ages. No age has needed biblical exposition more than ours, and Dr. Larson has a simple way of defining the term. A sermon is biblical when it says what […]

Please Give Me Exposition

  On one of the first Sundays of my first pastorate in 1977, I announced to my small rural congregation that I intended to preach “expository sermons.” Few understood what I meant, and I was later shocked to learn the ensuing confusion. It came to light when one of my members, a farmer and handyman, […]