Preaching Paul’s Tone

The thirteen Pauline letters reveal the heart of Paul as well as the heart of God and present a unique opportunity for the preacher. Since the preacher’s task is always to discern the inspired author’s meaning and to relate it to his audience with appropriate contemporary application, a preacher must be sensitive to every clue and cue that the author …

A Preacher Looks Back After 30 Years

Scott M. Gibson I went back to where I was raised in western Pennsylvania to conduct a funeral. The funeral was for a dear member of my former church — my first church. The occasion to return to my roots in pastoral ministry caused me to reflect on what took place thirty years ago and the impact those saints continue …

Using All of Their Faith Just to Get There

When I began to explore my calling as a pastor, I latched onto the images of the Old Testament prophets. Who could have been a better role model for a young pastor than Elijah calling down fire from heaven or Elisha calling bears to attack the boys who taunted him? Red-faced, fist-swinging, veins bulging, Holy Ghost preaching was what the …

Letters to the Church

An Interview with Francis Chan Francis Chan is a pastor, speaker, and bestselling author. After launching Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California in 2010, Francis left the pastorate of that church and the college that he founded. Today, he leads a home-based church model in Northern California. He’s written several bestselling books, including Crazy Love and Forgotten God. His newest …

Preaching Hope to the City

Hope is found in the very circumstances that cause despair. Paul wrote about hope with these words in Romans 8:24 is this: “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?” Paul’s exposition is that in hope we are saved. The Christian pulpit has long noted that men are not …