Using Criticism for Our Benefit: A Word from Charles Spurgeon

Toward the end of the first volume of his autobiography, Charles Spurgeon relays a somewhat amusing yet instructive anecdote of a time when he would regularly receive comments on his sermons from an anonymous critic. While preaching at the Exeter Music Hall,  the "unknown censor" would send Spurgeon "a weekly list of [his] mispronunciations and other slips of speech" (533). Amazingly, Spurgeon's … Continue reading Using Criticism for Our Benefit: A Word from Charles Spurgeon

How To Listen To a Sermon: Eagerness and Examination

In the spring of 1741 Jonathan Edwards visited and ministered to a small congregation in Suffield, Connecticut. This little church was without a pastor for a short time but was blessed with a few excellent servants, including Edwards and the great evangelist George Whitefield. A few months after Edwards visited the church, Elizabeth Hatheway, a member of the … Continue reading How To Listen To a Sermon: Eagerness and Examination

Preparing for the Pulpit: Piper and Edwards on the Ministry of Preaching

I'm a high school pastor. During the course of any given week, I usually teach/preach, on average, 2-3 times, one time being during our Sunday morning fellowship group.  But this week I get the special opportunity to address the whole church body.  I will continue in our Summer's series on the Psalms with a message from Psalm 63 entitled, Satisfied … Continue reading Preparing for the Pulpit: Piper and Edwards on the Ministry of Preaching