‘Be practical!’ ‘Application, application, application!’ In seminary I learned that the key to preaching an effective sermon is practical application. Today, the focus of sermons is usually the audience: ‘What will he or she hear and will it matter to them personally?’ But this, I think, says more about the day in which we live than it does about preaching sermons that actually please God. Reading the sermons of the early church fathers or the Puritan divines or even Jonathan Edwards or Charles Spurgeon, one finds that these sermons – sermons which......
December 04, 2017
Approaching Bethlehem, Yawning
In the introduction to his Advent devotional, Come, Let Us Adore Him, Paul David Tripp illustrates how familiarity leaves us underwhelmed by the Christmas story. He asks us to imagine that we’ve moved into a...