Feed My Sheep
Is Biblical Preaching Doomed to Extinction? In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is sharing, suggesting, plenty of storytelling, and...
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Is Biblical Preaching Doomed to Extinction? In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is sharing, suggesting, plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to felt needs in modern pulpits. But the authoritative, expositional opening of the Word of God is becoming scarcer all the time. Jesus told Peter, Feed my sheep (John 21:17). Such is the mission for all Christ's shepherds. But when preaching is neglected, those who have been called to feed the sheep do little more than pet them. In this book, eleven pastors and scholars issue a fervent plea for preachers to preach the Word. Here is encouragement for pastors to persevere in their calling and wisdom to guide congregations in holding their shepherds to the biblical standards.
James Montgomery Boice (D.Theol., University of Basel, Switzerland) was until his death in 2000, the pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, the teacher on "The Bible Study Hour" radio program and chairman of the board of City Centre Academy. In addition to authoring numerous journal articles, he was a consulting editor for the Expositor's Bible Commentary. His books and many Expository commentaries include Foundations of God's City and the five-volume work The Gospel of John.
John H. Armstrong (D.Min., Luther Rice Seminary) is president of ACT 3 in Carol Stream, Illinois and served as a pastor for more than twenty years. He is an adjunct professor of evangelism at Wheaton College Graduate School. His online commentaries regularly appear at www.Act3online.com. He holds degrees from Wheaton College, Wheaton Graduate School, and Luther Rice Seminary. He is the author or editor of a number of books including The Catholic Mystery; Five Great Evangelists; Understanding Four Views on the Lords Supper; Understanding For Views on Baptism; and most recently Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ's Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church.
John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).
At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.
Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.
John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).
In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."
John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.
John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
R. C. Sproul (1939-2017), theologian, pastor and teacher, was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international teaching ministry based in Orlando, Florida. He holds doctorate degrees from Free University of Amsterdam and Whitefield Theological Seminary, and is author of more than sixty books, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. Sproul is senior minister of preaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel and can be heard daily on the radio broadcast Renewing Your Mind.
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas (Ph.D., University of Wales) is John Richards Professor of Practical and Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at the Jackson campus of RTS. After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where, in addition to his work at the seminary, he serves as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
He has written or edited 15 books and has contributed to commentary series by Banner of Truth and Evangelical Press, including Let's Study Galatians; God Delivers: Isaiah Simply Explained; God Strengthens: Ezekiel Simply Explained and Calvin's Teaching on Job. He also co-edited Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship (P and R) with Philip Ryken and Ligon Duncan.
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Since 2005 Don Whitney has been Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville Kentucky where he also serves as Senior Associate Dean. Before that he held a similar position (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City Missouri. He is the founder and president of the Center for Biblical Spirituality. -->-->Don grew up in Osceola Arkansas where he came to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He was active in sports throughout high school and college and w
Sinclair B. Ferguson (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, SC, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including Taking the Christian Life Seriously; Man Overboard; Know your Christian Life; Grow in Grace; Discovering God's Will; Handle with Care; A Heart for God; Kingdom Life in a Fallen World; Children of the Living God; John Owen on the Christian Life; Undaunted Spirit; Daniel (Communicator's Commentary); Understanding the Gospel; Healthy Christian Growth; Read Any Good Books?; Deserted By God?; If I Should Die Before I Wake; The Pundit's Folly; The Holy Spirit; Let's Study Philippians; Let's Study Mark and The Big Book of Questions and Answers About Jesus.
Dr. Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has written or edited fifty books, and contributed hundreds of articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world.
R. C. Sproul (Drs., Free University of Amsterdam) is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries.
R. Albert Mohler Jr (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology and President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the largest seminaries in the world. Dr. Mohler has been recognized by influential publications such as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, Time.com called him the reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.
Dr. Mohler hosts a daily live nationwide radio program on the Salem Radio Network. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues. He is a frequent guest on national and international news outlets and is a popular preacher, teacher and lecturer. He is also the author of Cultural Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Eternal Truths; Preaching: The Centrality of Scripture and most recently The Disappearance Of God.
John MacArthur, the author of numerous best selling books that have touched millions of lives, is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California and president of The Master's College and Seminary. He is also president of Grace to You, the ministry that produces the international radio program Grace to You and a host of print, audio, and Internet resources. He authored the notes in the Gold Medallion Award-winning The MacArthur Study Bible. John and his wife, Patricia, have four children who have given them thirteen grandchildren.- Publisher.