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, […]

Second Thoughts — What I Might Have Done Differently

  Adult-Only Worship? Over my years of pastoral work, there are several things I might have done differently, which is to say the American church might reconsider some of the innovations of the last thirty years and buck a few popular but questionable trends. For example, I now have misgivings about elementary children being segregated […]

James 5:14: Should We Anoint the Sick With Oil?

  Should Christians Be Anointed with Oil for Healing? James 5:14: Eight Things to Consider Many people have asked me if they should be anointed with oil when sick, as we’re told in James 5:14: “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with […]