When Adam and Eve did what God told them not to do, they put themselves at the center of everything. They wanted to be like God. We can do the same thing, and when we do, it evidences the death and destruction that came in the garden – like those who made the tower of Babel. When we seek to make a name for ourselves, we are evidencing the disposition toward self-idolatry.
Whitefield’s impact cannot be overstated. He led a host of men and women to Jesus Christ and was instrumental in revival on both sides of the ocean. In an era where there was a “noticeable depression of both inner power and of appealing interest,”[iv] Whitefield’s preaching stood in sharp contrast. His preaching continues to provide principles to ponder in our twenty-first century context.
The main homiletical idea is the central point derived from exegeting the text. This main idea is what ties the sermon together. Whitefield’s employment of this principle is exemplified in a sermon he preaches on Genesis 3:15, where he announces to his hearers that he is going to tell them “good news” and show them how their first parents “came to stand in need of this promise, and what is the extent of the meaning.” In this and his other sermons, Whitefield was careful to make the main idea clear.
Something has always puzzled me: why in the world is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” such a beloved and often sung Christmas song? Even more, why would anyone teach it or sing it to their children? The song is nothing more than fuel for good nightmares. “You better watch out. You better not cry.…Continue reading Thank the Lord Christmas Has Nothing To Do With Santa
Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves Downers Grove: IVP, 2012. 135 pp. Does the mere mention of the doctrine of the Trinity cause you to grasp your forehead in pain? Is the doctrine of the Trinity something you whole-heartedly embrace, but see little relevance to your…Continue reading Book Review: Delighting in the Trinity