I am currently preaching a series in the book of Ruth, and have had the opportunity to put Block’s commentary through the paces, as a homiletic aid. After doing so, I must admit that I am more than a smidge impressed. In terms of its value to someone who is preparing to teach or preach, this commentary ranks highly.
Broadus insisted that the preacher ought to base his sermons on exacting exegesis. This was his unbending devotion. He may have attempted to honor the text, but without a grace orientation (which comes from the context of redemption) the sermons went sideways.
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.
If you can, try to place yourself in my shoes last Saturday. It is 11:35 in the morning, and you are standing in order to make room for others to find a seat. It is a memorial service, and almost every chair is taken. People have come to grieve, and it is a severe grief.…Continue reading Where Was God?
Sometime in the late eighties, when I was slogging my way through my first senior pastorate, I was introduced to Eugene Peterson. I don’t remember how I got on to his books, but I read Working the Angles, and I was hooked. His opening words stopped me in my tracks—“American pastors are abandoning their posts,…Continue reading Reflecting On Peterson (Part One)