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  • Expository preaching conf. trains pastors

    by Micah Overstreet/Arkansas Baptist News , posted Thursday, August 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

    TUMBLING SHOALS, Ark. (BP) -- In a quiet little town two miles north of Heber Springs, Ark., a church with a congregation of no more than 75 on an average Sunday morning has been providing training for pastors for the past 19 years.

    Through the Expository Preaching Conference (EPC), Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church has helped train more than 1,500 pastors in biblical preaching and ministry. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: What every church needs

    by Terry Dorsett, posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    More than technology or marketing, churches need preaching anchored in Scripture and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Terry Dorsett notes. Today's pastors must convey "timeless truth to a culture adrift in the meaningless opinions of man," Dorsett, executive director of the New England Baptist Convention, writes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Seasoned sermons

    by Jason K. Allen, posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Jason Allen, now at his 20-year point in preaching, recaps practices he's learned that bolster sermon preparation. "Vary your Bible reading plan," Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, counsels. "Re-preach passages, not sermons. … Preach the hard texts. … Be aware of cultural concerns, but not driven by them." Read More

  • 'But seriously folks': Humor's role in pulpit assessed

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Cartoon by Joe McKeever
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The legendary British preacher Charles Spurgeon was once rebuked by a woman in his congregation who felt he used too much humor in his sermons. As Baptist historian Michael Haykin recounts the story, Spurgeon replied, "Well, madam, if you knew the number of things that I refrain from saying, you would give me more credit."

    Humor abounds in the human mind, but the question for preachers is how often, if ever, to employ it in sermons.

    Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on the use of humor in preaching, told Baptist Press there are three general views on the subject. Read More

  • NOBTS prof leads evangelical preaching society

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Tuesday, March 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Boyd Guy
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary preaching professor Dennis Phelps is serving as the 2015-2016 president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society.

    EHS promotes the exchange of ideas related to instruction in biblical preaching, academic publication in homiletics and the effective communication of the Gospel from a biblical-theological standpoint.

    Phelps joined the NOBTS faculty in 2006 and occupies the J.D. Grey Chair of Preaching. He has 19 years in theological education, including 10 at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and more than 21 years in pastoral ministry. In addition to his teaching duties, Phelps also leads the alumni relations office at NOBTS. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: New School of Preaching approved at SWBTS

    by Alex Sibley, posted Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (2 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's board of trustees approved the establishment of a School of Preaching; elected five new faculty members; received reports of a 10 percent enrollment increase for the fall semester; and conducted other business during their fall meeting, Oct. 19-21. Read More

  • Yogi Berra, dead at 90, lives on in sermons

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    NEW YORK (BP) -- When former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra died Sept. 22 at age 90, the sports world lost a 13-time World Series champion. Some preachers, meanwhile, lost a source of sermon material who mixed humor with wisdom.

    Southern Baptist pastors -- Ken Whitten, Jack Graham and James Merritt among them -- have long quoted Berra's famous "Yogi-isms." Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, the three-time MVP was in the Major Leagues as a player, manager and coach for 40-plus years. Read More

  • Spurgeon's 'preaching rail' now at Midwestern

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Tuesday, August 18, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- A preaching rail used by Charles H. Spurgeon during his 19th century ministry has become the latest addition to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's new library dedicated to the British preacher.

    President Jason Allen announced the acquisition of the preaching rail from First Baptist Church in Weaver, Ala., Aug. 10. The rail, which is a piece of furniture that functioned much like a modern-day pulpit, is prominently featured near the front entrance of the library in Kansas City, Mo. Read More

  • How to preach the Gospel of Mark's 'long ending'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- While preparing to preach on Christ's resurrection from Mark 16, pastors will encounter a note in most modern Bible translations something like this: "Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include verses 9-20."

    That note should not confuse pastors or cause them to question the reliability of the Bible, five veteran preachers from across the U.S. told Baptist Press. The preachers advocated a variety of approaches to Mark 16 but agreed that the chapter affirms Christ's bodily resurrection regardless of where it ends. Read More