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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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“Best of 2016” Episode #21: The Preacher and Personal Sanctification

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Burk Parsons joins me in a discussion on the preacher and personal sanctification. Burk is editor of Tabletalk magazine and serves as co-pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla.

Guest(s): Burk Parsons

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

  • Burk’s ministry with Tabletalk and Saint Andrew’s Chapel
  • How Burk became co-pastor with R. C. Sproul at Saint Andrew’s Chapel
  • Why the Preacher should care about his personal sanctification
  • The dreadful reality of a pastor not concerned with his personal sanctification
  • The lack of emphasis in the church on the pastor’s personal sanctification
  • The need for a balanced view of holiness and sanctification
  • The role of the spiritual disciplines in the life of a pastor’s personal sanctification
  • Ways a pastor can evaluate or assess his personal devotions
  • The effect of a pastor’s personal sanctification on his congregation
  • Ways a pastor can rightly communicate to the congregation his own personal sanctification for the benefit of the congregation
  • The unrivaled significance of the pastor depending on Christ

 

3 ways a pastor can pursue their personal sanctification:

  • Find accountability with a close fellow pastor.
  • Find identity in Christ, not in calling.
  • Be intentional with both spiritual and physical needs.

 

“Best of 2016” Episode #15: Reflections on 40 Years of Theological Education with D. A. Carson

This week on Preaching and Preachers, D. A. Carson joins me in a discussion about his reflections on 40 years of theological education. Dr. Carson is Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Guest(s): D. A. Carson

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

  • D. A. Carson’s story.
  • F. F. Bruce’s impact on Carson.
  • How theological education has changed from 1978 to 2016.
  • How Carson has changed over 40 years.
  • How Carson maintains personal productivity.
  • The hope for the generation to come in theological education.
  • The growing confrontation for the generation to come in theological education.
  • The necessity for continual study in order to sustain long-term ministry.

 

“Best of 2016” Episode #17: The Pastor as Public Theologian

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Owen Strachan joins me in a discussion on the pastor as public theologian. Dr. Strachan is the Associate Professor of Christian Theology, and the Director of the Center for Theological and Cultural Engagement at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Guest(s): Owen Strachan

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

  • How Dr. Strachan became attracted to studying and writing about the pastor theologian
  • The concern of having to define what the pastor theologian is
  • Why every pastor is a theologian
  • A brief sketch of how the American church has lost the office of pastor theologian
  • The result of pastors not being theologians
  • The necessity of the pastor being bold and untamed in Gospel ministry
  • The result of the pastor reclaiming the title of theologian
  • What is a pastor theologian?
  • Why should a pastor aspire to be a faithful theologian?

 

Six points on how one becomes a more faithful pastor theologian:

  • Study the Scriptures to see what the pastor is Biblically
  • Obtain good literature on the pastor theologian
  • Set aside time to sit quietly in order to read, think, and reflect
  • Set aside time with elders to frame how your church will be theological in nature
  • Deepen your theological understanding through study
  • Don’t underestimate the people in your church

 

“Best of 2016” Episode 5: Preaching with Conviction

On this episode of Preaching and Preachers, Al Mohler joins me in a discussion on convictional preaching. Dr. Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Guest(s): Albert Mohler

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Some of the topics covered in today’s podcast are:

  • Is the phrase “convictional preaching” redundant?
  • What is convictional preaching?
  • What breeds confidence?
  • The connection between conviction and confidence
  • The authority of a sermon
  • Is it appropriate to speak authoritatively?
  • What should a preacher’s tone be?
  • Should convictional preaching affect the architecture of the church?
  • The marks of convictional preaching
  • How should a pastor cultivate conviction?

“Best of 2016” Episode #6: Pastoring in the Power of Christ

On this episode of Preaching and Preachers, Jared Wilson joins me in a discussion about pastoring in the power of Christ. Jared is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Managing Editor of For The Church, Midwestern’s site for gospel-centered resources.

Guest(s): Jared Wilson

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

  • What is pastoring in the power of Christ?
  • How does this work itself out in day-to-day ministry?
  • What role does humility play in pastoring in the power of Christ
  • How does gospel centrality reshape ministry?
  • Being faithful vs. being successful
  • How to know that you are pastoring in the power of Christ
  • Advice for the defeated pastor.