Category: Preaching


Preaching law & grace

It was truly an honour and privilege to sit at the feet of Bryan Chapell these past 2 days at the PT Expository Preaching conference. I was expecting more discussion or focus on differences and challenges regarding handling passages dealing with law and/or grace, and how to balance our preaching not to be legalistic nor hypergraced.

Yet in the end, Bryan shared mostly from the perspective of the importance, value and place of Application in preaching, and also connecting, integrating his Christ-centered approach with the gospel of grace. It was indeed refreshing, aptly timely in my own life and ministry, and at the same time insightful, reflective and challenging.

I managed to catch a short chat with him towards the end of the conference. At the risk of coming across like a fanboy, I managed to get advice, suggestions from him regarding D.Min and Ph.D programs which support distance learning or intensive classes for international students, particularly from a Reformed perspective, and geared more towards pastoral or practical theology. Though he used to teach at Covenant, he actually recommended Knox, which currently he is on faculty amongst others. I also got the privilege of getting him to sign my Christ-centered Preaching book which we used during SBC homiletics days.

As the world celebrates Star Wars Day, I chanced on a ChurchLeaders article on Star Wars quotes that (might) work in sermons. (Disclaimer: Please take this tongue-in-cheek! Don’t use these in sermons and blame me for getting fired for turning to the dark side!)

  1. “Who’s more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?” — Obi-Wan
  2. “The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.” — Qui-Gon Jinn
  3. “Sometimes we must let go of our pride and do what is requested of us.” — Padme
  4. “Always pass on what you have learned.” — Yoda
  5. “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” — Yoda
  6. “Your focus determines your reality.” — Qui-Gon Jinn
  7. “In my experience there is no such thing as luck.” — Obi-Wan
  8. “The belonging you seek is not behind you…it is ahead.” — Maz Kanata
  9. “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” —Yoda
  10. “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” — Obi-Wan

Bonus: “All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It’s the only way we grow.” — Padme
Double bonus: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” — Darth Vader

The article ends appropriately, which is my prayer to you too,

So, this May the 4th, we’d like to say: May the Holy Spirit be with you, in you and working through you!

Read full article here.

#maythe4thbewithyou

http://orpc.sg/happenings/sermons/following-christ’s-footsteps

http://orpc.sg/happenings/sermons/rejected-hopeful

http://orpc.sg/happenings/sermons/assurance-everlasting-love

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