They still speak…

I recently returned from a preaching conference sponsored by the Adrian Rogers Center for Biblical Preaching, an event held annually at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tenn. The featured speakers at this year’s event were David Platt, pastor of Brook Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. and author of the best-selling book Radical, Voddie Baucham, of Voddie Baucham Ministries, and Hank Hanegraaff, the “Bible Answer Man.”

I haven’t heard this kind of biblical preaching in a long, long time. These men took me to depths in God’s Word I had not previously explored. It was God centered, expository, and Christ honoring. It was refreshing. And I wasn’t the only one who thought so.

During a question and answer session, a man asked the guest speakers about how they research and prepare such sermons. Voddie Baucham answered by saying, “I read the works of dead men.”

Specifically he mentioned the Reformers and the Puritans. From the time of the Reformation through the late 1800s God blessed the Church with some theological giants. Fortunately for us, many of these men were prolific writers. The Church today can benefit from their insight, too. Their lives and ministries were God centered, expository, and Christ honoring. If you’ve never read the works of these men, you should. It is very refreshing…

The featured speakers at the preaching conference are considered the “giants” of our day. But, I dare say, every one of them would admit that they, themselves, are standing on the shoulders of the giants that came before. While they all have passed from this life, they still speak.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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