Today is day four of the “Live Tweet Week” for the expository preaching seminar at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During the week, we have discussed and examined the historical and theological aspects of expository preaching.Today, Dr. Hershael York will be lecturing on the subject of expository preaching. He serves as the pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY and is the Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching (1997); Associate Dean, Ministry and Proclamation. He is the author of Preaching with Bold Assurance. Dr. York will be lecturing on the practical and theological aspects of expository preaching today.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:41:56 AM: “Live Tweet Week” continues today with Dr. Hershael York9:47:19 AM: York: Regarding preaching – we are after – “engaging exposition.”9:49:16 AM: York: We cannot make it our goal to just state truth.9:51:03 AM: York: Many preachers get the text right and put people to sleep.9:58:01 AM: Five essential commitments in order to be an expositor:10:00:33 AM: 1. High View of Scripture10:03:15 AM: That means what the Bible says is what God says. God has spoken and that is why we as preachers speak.10:03:43 AM: 2. Profitability of all Scripture10:15:31 AM: 3. Nature of Preaching10:16:30 AM: If you can’t say, “Thus saith the Lord” you are not preaching.10:18:15 AM: Haddon Robinson’s definition is the most comprehensive.10:19:01 AM: York: Phillips Brooks’ definition of preaching is not an accurate view of preaching.10:21:33 AM: York: The form of the text does not always determine the form of the sermon.10:26:44 AM: York: Preaching maintains authorial intent and applies the truth to the congregation.10:31:36 AM: 4. Thinking – Clear / Hard Thinking10:32:54 AM: York: Engaging preaching is difficult and requires hard thinking about exegesis and application.10:44:26 AM: 5. Willingness to be confined to the intent of the author10:49:22 AM: York: The goal is no longer for readers to find the original author’s meaning / intent. It’s now focused on what the text means to “me”11:00:15 AM: York: Words have meaning. Context reveals the meaning of the words.11:05:44 AM: York: As expositors, we must refrain from infusing meaning into a text.11:06:44 AM: York: As expositors – we must avoid eisigesis.1:41:46 PM: Three Practical Aspects in Preaching – According to Dr. York1:42:54 PM:1. The Text – What does it mean?2. The Sermon3. Delivery of the Sermon1:52:20 PM: York: York: I recommend Walt Kaiser’s book – Toward an Exegetical Theology1:53:20 PM: York: As a pastor, you should have variety in your sermon plan. From OT to NT and from differing genres.2:12:19 PM: York: I recommend – User-Friendly Greek – Kendell Easley2:35:37 PM: Dr. York is talking about debated verses in Scripture that are not in the oldest manuscripts and not included in newer translations.3:27:45 PM: Dr. York is now demonstrating his structure sheet method that he works through in the original Greek text in preparation for a sermon3:53:27 PM: Dr. York: “You can sum up all of Paul’s epistles in one line – ‘act like who you are.’”4:43:04 PM: Warning: Many preachers are like the dead who failed to climb Mt. Everest. They are littered along the trail as a reminder of failure.4:43:53 PM: End of Live Tweet Week! Thank you for all who kept up with the seminar this week – it was very profitable!
Original “Tweet Week” postEngaging in the ConversationDuring the week, discussion will take place on the specific issues at hand. By responding to the tweets which will be issued from my Twitter account – you will be able to involve yourself in the conversations that take place in the classroom. If you would like me to ask a question to the professor or clarify a point, you can simply post a response asking the question and I will do my best to get the answer for you.Schedule for the Seminar Week: Download. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:43:16 AM: Live Tweet Week – Today will be presentations of different biographies and preaching practices of famous preachers through history8:51:35 AM: Dr. Vogel started by recommending – A History of Preaching – two volume work by E.C. Dargan9:02:06 AM: Free downloads of E.C. Dargan’s work – both volumes. Search for “A History of Preaching. – E.C. Dargan” – http://books.google.com/9:12:13 AM: Origen – Believed in a “deeper” meaning of Scripture.9:14:32 AM: Origen practiced an allegorical way of preaching.9:39:56 AM: John Chrysostom’s preaching often contained anti-Semitic tones.9:43:57 AM: Chrysostom’s preaching was fearless in his condemnations.10:40:53 AM: My presentation of Augustine: He was not an expositor. He held to multiple meanings of the text. He was an allegorist.10:42:35 AM: “[Augustine] entered both the Church and the world as a revolutionary force, and not merely created an epoch in the history of the Church…10:42:46 AM: …but … determined the course of its history in the West up to the present day (1890s).” – B.B. Warfield11:00:04 AM: “After Jesus and Paul, Augustine of Hippo is the most influential figure in the history of Christianity.” — Christian History Magazine11:01:55 AM: Augustine held to a two-fold system / grid of, “love God and love your neighbor” as a means of interpretation.11:05:16 AM: Augustine’s hermeneutic constricted the Scripture and forced meanings on the text that may not have been the inspired meaning of the text.12:04:49 PM: Martin Luther – known for his 95 theses. Makes relevant points, but much of his preaching is not truly expository.12:12:42 PM: Luther often preached with an allegorical interpretation and made eyebrow raising statements with sexual overtones.12:13:19 PM: Luther was a powerhouse and preached Christ – however – as well as with all other preachers – he had his fair share of faults.12:16:15 PM: Live Tweet Week: Update – Lunch Break1:25:56 PM: John Calvin was an expositor. He delivered sermons from memory without prepared texts.1:26:58 PM: Calvin quoted from Augustine more than any other theologian. However, he did not follow his preaching pattern. He was an expositor.1:28:02 PM: Calvin once said, “I have endeavored, both in my sermons and also in my writings and commentaries to preach the Word purely and chastely..”1:28:28 PM: …and faithfully to interpret His sacred Scriptures.”1:28:54 PM: Calvin was good at exposition and application.1:36:53 PM: Calvin called out the errors of the church.1:40:15 PM: From Ezra (expository preaching) to Origen and others (allegorical preaching) – a downgrade occurred.1:41:05 PM: It was through the reformation and men like Calvin that the church was able to be spared from the horrible problems of improper preaching2:12:44 PM: Now – moving to the Puritan period2:13:39 PM: Richard Baxter was a puritan reformer. He was very influential.2:14:55 PM: Baxter’s sermon style was different. He listed points out that seemed to be application driven but didn’t specifically explain the text.2:24:17 PM: Baxter often provided “how to” sermons that did not truly explain the text. His sermons often did not mention redemption or point to Christ2:53:46 PM: Now – The evangelical awakening2:54:32 PM: George Whitefield – preached over 18k sermons to over 10 billion people and died before he was 60.2:55:47 PM: Whitefield was a powerful preacher. He had a theatrical voice!2:57:23 PM: Whitefield – like Calvin – was a “Calvinist” who had a passionate appeal for people to be saved.3:00:07 PM: Whitefield was known to preach expository messages with an occasional topical sermon.3:05:38 PM: C.H. Spurgeon – English Baptist – powerful and used mightily by the hand of God. He withstood the downgrade controversy.3:08:03 PM: Spurgeon used language in a vivid manner to expound the truths of Holy Scripture.3:08:47 PM: Spurgeon was a Calvinist theologically, however, he like Whitefield and others passionately appealed with people to come to Christ.3:09:11 PM: Spurgeon believed the doctrines of Calvinism came from Scripture.3:09:34 PM: Spurgeon withstood the “hyper-Calvinism” movement in his day.3:08:47 PM: Spurgeon was a Calvinist theologically, however, he like Whitefield and others passionately appealed with people to come to Christ.3:09:11 PM: Spurgeon believed the doctrines of Calvinism came from Scripture.3:09:34 PM: Spurgeon withstood the “hyper-Calvinism” movement in his day.3:10:02 PM: Spurgeon had a high view of Holy Scripture.3:13:00 PM: Some of Spurgeon’s messages are strictly expository and some of them are not.3:36:42 PM: Live Tweet Week @sbts – http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/?p=9303:43:06 PM: John Broadus – 1827-18953:45:46 PM: Broadus was a faithful preacher and one of the founders of @sbts.3:46:20 PM: Broadus was a faithful preacher who expounded the text and provided good application to his congregation.3:50:51 PM: Broadus was an articulate preacher. He preached extemporaneously.4:39:39 PM: Harry Emerson Fosdick was a liberal preacher who rejected key doctrines of Scripture.4:40:00 PM: Fosdick was not an expositor in his approach to Scriptures.4:40:55 PM: Fosdick downplayed the importance of the virgin birth, the atonement, and the second coming of Christ. He was “fundamental liberal”4:43:32 PM: Fosdick was a classical religious humanist. He was a higher critic of Scripture and specifically a “modern” / liberal.5:10:03 PM: J. Gresham Machen – 1881-19375:10:43 PM: J. Gresham Machen – Served as a professor at Princeton5:16:50 PM: J. Gresham Machen fought against the fundamentalist movement of his day
Original “Tweet Week” postEngaging in the ConversationDuring the week, discussion will take place on the specific issues at hand. By responding to the tweets which will be issued from my Twitter account – you will be able to involve yourself in the conversations that take place in the classroom. If you would like me to ask a question to the professor or clarify a point, you can simply post a response asking the question and I will do my best to get the answer for you.Schedule for the Seminar Week: Download. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:58:34 AM: 2 Timothy 3:16 – a grand text for the sufficiency of Scripture!9:00:53 AM: The reason Paul could tell Timothy to “preach the Word” in 2 Timothy 4 was because of sufficiency of Scripture as revealed in 2 Timothy 3:169:03:05 AM: 2 Timothy 4 = Paul’s last song to Timothy. It was a powerful charge!9:04:30 AM: Live Tweet Week: Day Two — Get involved with the discussion. Respond to @JoshBuice or post here: http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/?p=9289:09:45 AM: The nature of preaching is authoritative proclamation (kerysso – proclaim as a herald). 2 Timothy 4:29:11:18 AM: Reprove = elencho = convince. 2 Tim. 3:16. The meaning is, that he was to use such arguments as would convince men of the truth.9:18:12 AM: We now turn to the doctrine of God related to preaching.9:23:32 AM: Stott (Between Two Worlds) expresses five theological arguments undergirding the practice of preaching….9:31:05 AM: Stott infers, then, that because God is truth, and has spoken to reveal Himself as truth, we must preach.9:40:17 AM: “How dare we speak if God has not spoken? . . . To address a congregation without any assurance that we are bearers of a divine message…9:41:01 AM: …would be the height of arrogance and folly.” But if God has spoken (and He has), “we must speak and cannot remain silent.” (Stott, 96).10:22:07 AM: Now – we move to the doctrine of Christ and preaching Christ.10:30:01 AM: Some believe every sermon should “get to” Christ; this is Spurgeon’s “beeline for the Cross” approach.10:31:14 AM: Bryan Chapell, in Christ-Centered Preaching, points to his “Fallen Condition Focus” outlook in each text.10:32:32 AM: According to Sidney Greidanus – “To preach Christ is to proclaim some facet of the person, work, or teaching of Jesus of Nazareth…10:32:53 AM: …so that people may believe him, trust him, love him, and obey him.” (PCOT, 8)11:03:25 AM: “Christocentric preaching is the preaching of God’s acts from the perspective of the New Testament. In other words, Christocentric…11:03:44 AM: ..preaching requires that a passage receive a theocentric interpretation not only in its own (Old Testament) horizon but also in the broader11:08:04 AM: .. horizon of the whole canon.” (MPAT, 118-19; more in context) – Sidney Greidanus11:18:37 AM: Ephesians 1: A Trinitarian explanation of the redemptive plan of God. The God who plans – the Son who accomplishes – the Spirit who applies12:17:51 PM: Allegorical interpretation is a way to dodge difficult texts of Scripture.2:56:01 PM: The capability that anyone has to preach is due to the gifting of the Holy Spirit.2:57:12 PM: The next subject is – The doctrine of the Holy Spirit and preaching3:07:13 PM: How does a person come into the family of God? What is the process? Is it just man’s choice or is the Spirit of God necessary?3:10:50 PM: The preaching of the cross is to them that perish – foolishness. 1 Cor. 1:183:13:17 PM: Paul’s message was in the demonstration and power of the Spirit of God. The only results that last are those that are wrought by the Spirit3:15:19 PM: Notice 1 Cor. 2:4-16. Specifically in 1 Cor. 2:14 – the only way a natural mind (lost person) understands is through the Spirit of God.3:50:13 PM: It is only after the Holy Spirit does a work in the dead heart of man that he has the ability to respond to the Gospel.3:51:54 PM: The Baptist Faith & Message seems to indicate that regeneration precedes faith. Article IV – A. It can be a “hinged event.”4:11:51 PM: Now – we move to the doctrine of the church and preaching.4:12:15 PM: Live Tweet Week – Day Two: http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/?p=9284:14:05 PM: Martyn Lloyd-Jones, for about 40 pages, argues that “the primary task of the Church and of the Christian minister is the preaching of the…4:14:12 PM: …Word of God” (Preaching and Preachers, 19).4:19:08 PM: John Stott: “Jesus Christ gives overseers to his Church and intends them to be a permanent feature of the Church’s structure” (BTW, 116)4:24:03 PM: In the history of the Church, the decadent periods have been those in which preaching has declined.4:24:51 PM: Conversely, renewed preaching heralds the dawn of reformation and revival.4:33:33 PM: At points in John MacArthur’s ministry, the staff and elders slipped pizza under his door and protected his time. He needed to be prepared4:41:53 PM: Lloyd-Jones: Preaching is the root from which others of the church’s ministries (e.g., mercy, relief of poverty, personal counseling, etc.)…4:42:05 PM: …springs (Preaching & Preachers, 36ff).
5:07:05 PM: END Live Tweet – Day Two.
5:07:05 PM: END Live Tweet – Day Two.
Original “Tweet Week” postEngaging in the ConversationDuring the week, discussion will take place on the specific issues at hand. By responding to the tweets which will be issued from my Twitter account – you will be able to involve yourself in the conversations that take place in the classroom. If you would like me to ask a question to the professor or clarify a point, you can simply post a response asking the question and I will do my best to get the answer for you.Schedule for the Seminar Week: DownloadLive blogging / tweeting will begin today at 2:45pm EST. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3:00:37 PM: “Live Tweet Week” day one will begin in a few minutes. The first topic: Definitions and expositions of key texts for expository preaching3:04:13 PM: A pastor from Sioux Falls, SD, was just asked what life was like there. He said, “It’s like Little House on the Prairie, with internet”3:13:32 PM: 15 minutes until we begin . . . .3:46:38 PM: “If exposition is explanation, expository preaching is explanation applied.” – Walter Liefeld – New Testament Exposition, 6.3:53:36 PM: Bryan Chapell—“. . .the technical definition of an expository sermon requires that it expound Scripture by deriving from a specific text…3:54:08 PM: ..main points and subpoints that disclose the thought of the author, cover the scope of the passage, and are applied to the lives of the…3:55:06 PM: …listeners. Christ-Centered Preaching, 129.4:01:58 PM: Dr. Vogel is discussing the idea of preaching a text and how it should be preached. Should it be preached in the inspired order?4:02:54 PM: “As the word of God, the text of Scripture has the right to establish both the substance and the structure of the sermon” – @albertmohler4:08:33 PM: Live Tweet Week: Join us and engage in the conversation in the expository preaching seminar – http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/?p=9274:25:16 PM: Now – Exposition of Colossians 1:28-294:27:29 PM: Nature of preaching is proclamation (katangello – to announce, solemnly declare).4:37:03 PM: Tomorrow – We will explore the question: What does it mean to preach Christ?4:43:11 PM: Modal participles denote the same action as the verb, but describe it from a different point of view.4:51:03 PM: Dr. Vogel – “Wisdom has as its central aspect in Scripture – the fear of the Lord.”4:53:30 PM: Dr. Vogel – “Ephesians 4:11 – pastor-teacher = Pastor is the role. Teacher = function.”4:54:24 PM: Dr. Vogel – “The job of the pastor-teacher is to equip the believers.”5:02:00 PM: Dr. Vogel – Our role as pastors in preaching the Word is transformational5:03:54 PM: As he looks at Colossians 1:29 – Dr. Vogel points out what Paul said about “toiling / laboring” and says that preaching is hard work…5:05:06 PM: he then points out that it (the hard work of preparing to preach and preaching) is done through the divine power of God….5:05:49 PM: END of “Live Tweet Week – Day One” — We will start again tomorrow at 8:30am EST.