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Preaching and Preachers

By Dr. Jason K. Allen

Preaching and Preachers is the official podcast of Dr. Jason Allen, the president of Midwestern Seminary.

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Episode 48: Church Revitalization

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Frank Page joins me for a discussion on church revitalization. Dr. Page serves as president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee. He has previously served in pastoral ministry for 35 years.

Guest(s): Dr. Frank Page

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Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • Page’s role with the Executive Committee of the SBC
  • Page’s description of the current state of SBC churches
  • Page’s previous work in church revitalizations
  • Multiple factors that affect church revitalization
  • How to discern whether a church is ready to be revitalized or not
  • The role of trust in church revitalizations
  • Advice to pastors in church revitalizations

 

Episode 47: 5 Words that Weaken Any Sermon

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Owen Strachan joins me for a recurring guest host episode where he interviews me on preaching. Today’s discussion will be focused five words that weaken any sermon. Dr. Strachan is the Director of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Associate Professor of Christian Theology.

Guest(s): Owen Strachan

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Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • The significance of words and why words matter
  • The importance of using words well while preaching
  • The unhelpful nature of using the word “thing” in a sermon
  • Why pastors should substitute “I believe” for “in my opinion”
  • The reason pastors should be careful to use “I’m sorry” in the pulpit
  • The reason pastors should not use “in conclusion” during a sermon
  • The necessity of pastors avoiding vague language in the pulpit

 

Episode 46: Planning Your Preaching

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Stephen Rummage joins me for a discussion on planning your preaching. Dr. Rummage is the senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida. He also serves as the chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and president of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

Guest(s): Stephen Rummage

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Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • Dr. Rummage’s ministry at Bell Shoals Baptist Church
  • A brief discussion on Dr. Rummage’s book Planning Your Preaching
  • A helpful guide for the week of preparation before Sunday morning
  • How planning your preaching helps to produce consistent faithful sermons
  • The ability to communicate vision as a result of planning your preaching
  • How planning your preaching intersects with expository preaching
  • How planning your preaching helps the pastor pace his preaching
  • Practical tips to help plan your preaching

 

Episode 45: Preaching Text-Driven Sermons

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Steven Smith joins me in a discussion on preaching text-driven sermons. Dr. Smith is pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR. He previously served as vice president for Student Services and Communications and professor of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Guest(s): Steven Smith

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Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • Steven Smith’s ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church
  • Men who have strongly influenced Steven Smith’s preaching
  • A brief discussion on Smith’s book Recapturing the Voice of God
  • How preaching is re-presenting the texts of Scripture
  • What it means for the text to be the template of the sermon
  • Why the structure of the text should be the structure of the sermon
  • The liberating nature of text-driving preaching
  • The necessity of expository preaching for the church
  • The significance of understanding the meaning of the text before trying to figure out how to communicate the text

 

 

Episode 44: Preaching as Apologetics

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Mark Coppenger joins me in a discussion on the preaching as apologetics. Dr. Coppenger serves as Professor of Christian Philosophy and Ethics at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to teaching at Southern Seminary, Dr. Coppenger is managing editor of the online Kairos Journal.

Guest(s): Mark Coppenger

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Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • How Dr. Coppenger became an apologist
  • Why all Christians are apologists in some manner
  • A brief evaluation of using the “proofs” of Christianity
  • Is it right or helpful for the preacher to think of himself as an apologist?
  • How preaching is an apologetic work
  • Counsel to pastors regarding apologetics
  • The significance of expository preaching in apologetics
  • A brief discussion on apologetic resources available to pastors