On June 26, 2007, the People’s Republic of China celebrated the opening of a monumental achievement. After meticulous planning and four years of construction, an unprecedented trans-sea bridge that stretched a world-record length of 22 miles was opened.
Most Christians would agree that a biblical sermon is a good thing, but how many would actually be able to define what makes a biblical sermon biblical?
“The fact is, most people think biblical communication is a style,” says Dr. J. Kent Edwards, tenured professor of preaching and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and founding pastor of Oasis Community Church in Yorba Linda, California. “In many cases, people will think that to preach biblically means to work through verse by verse, through a biblical text: ‘This morning, we are at Romans 5:3c, and we’re going to continue by looking at part “d” of this verse, and we’ll see how far God takes us.’ That’s a style. That’s just a style.”
In contrast to a particular style of preaching, Dr. Edwards teaches in his new Mobile Ed course, CM102 Invitation to Biblical Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching, that biblical preaching is an entire philosophy that extends to all different styles of preaching.
“Dr. Boice’s commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.” So says R.C. Sproul regarding James Montgomery Boice’s Expositional Commentaries.
James Montgomery Boice received degrees from Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Basel in Switzerland, was the pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for over 30 years, and was a founding member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He was also a prolific author, writing popular works such as Foundations of the Christian Faith and The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Essentials of Evangelicalism, as well as a collection of hymns.
Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.
As I show Logos users at Camp Logos how to use the Factbook, I’m often asked:
How can I copy data from a Factbook entry to a word-processor document?
“For freedom Christ has set us free,” the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians. “Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal 5:1). But what does the Apostle Paul mean when he writes of our freedom in Christ?
What if reading a commentary could be like listening to a good sermon? The Preaching the Word Series offers commentaries on 41 books of the Bible, written in the style of expository sermons on the texts and rich in practical application. And during July, you can get this series for 31% off.
R. Kent Hughes, who serves as series editor and author of several of the volumes, is joined by Philip Graham Ryken, Bryan Chapell, Iain M. Duguid, John Woodhouse, David Jackman, and other skilled preachers. While you may not be able to listen to these gifted preachers on a regular basis, these commentaries allow you to consult their expository insights whenever you want.
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John G. Butler’s Analytical Bible Expositor is a comprehensively organized, chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse commentary.
One of the most important parts of finding treasure is knowing where to dig. What if you came across a map with 298 x’s? You would have no clue where to even start digging, and even if you did it would take hours before you were able to find what you were looking for. What if there was a tool that helped you filter that 298 down to half a dozen? That sounds a lot more doable right?
Think about the difficulty of the English language:
- “When he said he went to lie down he told a lie.”
- “The man didn’t cave when he was threatened to be thrown in a cave full of snakes.”
- “I saw your saw, I believe it was under the see-saw.”
The same word can have very different meanings. Often, we face the same challenges when studying the Bible.