From the Editor. What a curious world we live in. Recently I received a secondhand book on preaching, John Stott’s I Believe in Preaching. I learned that proceeds from the sale would go to 4apes.com, with the request “Please donate to help apes around the world.” While I’m sure the apes are grateful—and while the Bible teaches us to treat them humanely—it seems a strange charity in a world that aborts children in the womb and sells the young into slavery. And that isn’t all of its cruelties.
So in this issue we focus on the one source of truth that helps us make sense of a fallen world, full of injustices and ironies. Paul exhorted Timothy, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2). It is not just reading the Bible but hearing the Word of God preached that enables us pilgrims to navigate the dangerous terrain of this present evil age.
Dennis Johnson emphasizes this with great clarity in his article, “Expository Preaching: What Is It and Why Should We Do It?” Continuing on this theme, T. David Gordon reviews David Helm’s Expository Preaching; and Sherif Gendy reviews an important new book by Gregory Beale and Benjamin Gladd, Hidden but Not Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery
Matthew Kingsbury reviews liturgics scholar Melanie Ross’s latest offering, Evangelical versus Liturgical? Helpful especially in light of the return of many OPC ministers to the liturgical treasures of our Reformed heritage.
I briefly review Logos Reformed Platinum, which offers a mind-boggling array of Reformed and biblical resources.
Don’t miss the cautionary poem by Emily Dickinson “The Broad-minded Preacher (No. 1207).”
Be sure to check out the rich trove of articles on preaching in “From the Archives,” below.
Blessings in the Lamb,
FROM THE ARCHIVES “CATECHISM”
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