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Crossway Books / 2007 / ePub
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Proclaiming the gospel is without a doubt the most important task of pastoral ministry, yet often other, seemingly more urgent activities obscure it. From time to time all pastors and preachers need to be reminded of the primacy of the gospel.
Preaching the Cross does just this. It is a call to expository, gospel-centered preaching as the center of pastoral ministry. This volume showcases an unprecedented combination of pastors representing a variety of evangelical traditions. Though they differ on some secondary points of church practice, they all enthusiastically celebrate the centrality of the cross of Christ-keeping the main thing the main thing. That message every reader can take away from this book and adopt in his pastoral ministry.
Authors Mark Dever, J. Ligon Ducan III, R. Albert Mohler Jr., and C. J. Mahaney are joined by colleagues John MacArthur, John Piper, and R. C. Sproul in calling pastors to pursue gospel-saturated, preaching-centered ministries.
When you hear names like Mahaney, Piper, MacArthur, and Sproul, the expectation is that whatever this involves it will probably be good. And let me say, it is. Preaching the Cross is an excellent book that covers a lot of ground.
The shofar has been blown to pastors, calling us to what is supposed to be first in our lives. Priorities in our personal life and in preaching are a must. Pure doctrine and engaging the culture with Christ have to be at the forefront. And preaching for the glory of God and understanding that our calling is a high calling is peppered throughout. I found that it encouraged me in my calling.
Ministry activities have a way of distracting us if we are not grounded in the Word, remembering our true priorities. This books has behind it men with a great deal of ministry experience, who give strong exhortations to remain faithful to the calling and cover various aspects of ministry that need bolstering. All these essays revolve around topics like priorities, preaching Christ in the Old Testament, and preaching with the culture in view grace the pages of this "read every year kind of book."
Mark Dever reminds readers that Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4 that God is the One who judges us (p. 22). Though we read this every time we turn to this passage, it helps to be reminded of this. We cannot be fearful or men or seek to please them, hence Dever's first sentence: "Churches today must be recovered."
My only question for this book would be its title Preaching the Cross. The title gives readers the impression that the content of the book will be centered around the cross. This is not the case. That said, this book will not disappoint. It is one to have in your library. Todd Upchurch, Christian Book Previews.com
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