Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching
Is Biblical Preaching Doomed to Extinction?
In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is “sharing,” “suggesting,” plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to “felt needs” in modern pulpits. But the authoritative, expositional opening of the Word of God is becoming scarcer all the time. Jesus told Peter, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Such is the mission for all Christ’s shepherds. But when preaching is neglected, those who have been called to feed the sheep do little more than pet them. Here is encouragement for pastors to persevere in their calling and wisdom to guide congregations in holding their shepherds to the biblical standards.
“This book deserves to be read and reread to light the fire of passion and conviction for all who would publicly proclaim, ‘Thus says the Lord.’” —Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church, Chicago
The apostle Paul declared that “what we preach” was “folly” in the eyes of many in his time (1 Cor. 1:21). Such is always the world’s response to the gospel. But in our day, it seems that the method behind Paul’s message — preaching — is itself an object of ridicule, even within the evangelical church. In an age of short attention spans and entertainment “consumers,” many churches are yielding to pressure to set aside preaching in their worship services in favor of more “relevant” methodologies. This book reveals the biblical basis for preaching, sketches the way it ought to be practiced, and shows the many practical benefits that flow from strong pulpits. Here is encouragement for preachers and wise counsel for those who desire to sit under the ministry of the Word of God preached.
Endorsements for Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching
“This book combines the wisdom and experience of a number of the foremost preachers of the present day. If it is received as it ought to be, we may yet see a mighty change for good in the current spiritual scene. I hope it will be widely read.”
—Iain Murray, Co-founder, Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland
“Feed My Sheep is not only a passionate plea for preaching, but also a thorough review of what constitutes good preaching. Every minister of God’s Word will profit from prayerfully reading this book.”
—Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness, Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Here some of this generation’s most skilled shepherds provide passionate explanations of the priority and power of preaching God’s Word so that it is a feast for Christ’s sheep.”
—Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
“When I was in seminary, my homiletics professor encouraged us to set a lifetime goal of reading at least one book each year on preaching. If you can read only one book this year on preaching, make it Feed My Sheep. Students and experienced preachers alike can find both timely and timeless teaching here. Feed My Sheep is simply one of the best books on preaching to come along in years.”
—Don Whitney, author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Kansas City, Mo.
“There are a lot of books on preaching today, but not many good ones—this one is good. The subjects covered (and the accents of the authors as well) commend this volume to the minister and seminary student—and, indeed, to the church member who wants to learn what a real preaching ministry looks like, and who wants that for his church and from his pastor. It is spiritually challenging and topically pertinent.”
—J. Ligon Duncan III, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Miss.
“There has never been a greater need for good preaching, and this book will help. In it some of the best preachers I know share their passion for preaching biblical, practical, expositional sermons that inform the mind and touch the heart. Feed My Sheep will be a tremendous help to anyone learning to preach and will provide real refreshment for anyone in the gospel ministry.”
—Philip Graham Ryken, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pa.
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
James Montgomery Boice, late pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pa.
Joel R. Beeke, seminary president, professor of theology and homiletics, and pastor in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sinclair B. Ferguson, senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C.
Don Kistler, a Bible teacher, author, editor of hundreds of Puritan books, and general editor of Feed My Sheep.
Eric J. Alexander, retired pastor of St. George’s-Tron Church in Glasgow, Scotland.
John Piper, pastor for preaching and vision at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minn.
John MacArthur, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif.
Foreword by J. Ligon Duncan, III