Peter Mead’s Review of 2013 at “Biblical Preaching”
It has been a quieter year on my blog at Biblical Preaching as I have had to scale back the writing in recent months. Launching a new church has certainly taken time and energy, but what a privilege it is to be involved in such a project. Meanwhile, back at the blog:
Most popular posts, in reverse order:
Preaching Doxologies and also Preaching [Insert Word] Jesus, came in just behind The Preacher’s Clock: Procrastination? Preparation & Anticipation. Writing about Bible Reading usually gets a stir.
A single post about Reading and Preaching seemed to get a big reaction for a stand alone post. The first in the Three Common Mistakes series proved the most provocative – Genesis. In second place came a mini-series called Dangerous Immunization Part 2, along with a series on the dangers of Exemplar Preaching – Exemplar Christi, Exemplar Homo-Biblicas, Exemplar Persona Illustrations and Legitimate Exemplar Preaching.
The top series of 2013 was the Preaching Myths series back in the summer: #1 – Pew Trust #2 – Cool Preaching #3 – Acid and Bleach #4 – Non-Gospel Preaching #5 – Short Talk Required #6 – Evaluation Verboten #7 – Sawn-Off Concordance #8 – Delivery Equals Circus
Some of my favourites:
I enjoyed pondering and writing the following posts and want to mention them now – Why God Still Works Through Poor Preaching and Losing our Youth by Dangerous Superficiality, which is closely tied to Static vs Dynamic Position Principle. I wish churches would use testimonies, but not without a guide along the lines of Ten Top Testimony Tips. I enjoyed the work that went into the Repentance Word Study in Acts.
I think my favourite series was How to Preach Less than Christian – Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Highest Impact Books:
I was able to review some stunning books this year. Here are four not to miss. Probably the best biography I’ve read is Jonathan Edwards, A Life by George Marsden. A must read for people preaching the Gospels is Pontius Pilate by Paul Maier. I recently wrote on a great little book on the Apostle Paul’s writings – How to Like Paul Again, by Conrad Gempf. And for anyone involved in church work, take a look at Deep and Wide, by Andy Stanley. (I enjoyed writing a film review on Les Mis too Click here to go there.)
Thanks for visiting Biblical Preaching this year. I hope that 2014 will be a good year for the blog, and an even better year for all our preaching!
You are invited to comment on Peter’s article.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://christmycovenant.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Peter-Mead.png[/author_image] [author_info]Dr Peter Mead is a Bible teacher and ministry trainer, based in southern England. His main ministry is as co-director and mentor of Cor Deo, a full-time mentored study and ministry training program. Peter leads the Advanced Bible Teachers Network at the European Leadership Forum. He holds degrees from Multnomah Biblical Seminary (MDiv/MA), and the Doctor of Ministry degree in homiletics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where Dr Haddon Robinson was his mentor. For more information on Cor Deo, including the weekly theological blog, please visit www.cordeo.org.uk. Peter also authors the BiblicalPreaching.net website for preachers.[/author_info] [/author] [button link=”http://www.biblicalpreaching.net” newwindow=”yes”] Visit Biblical Preaching[/button] [button link=”http://www.cordeo.org.uk/” newwindow=”yes”] Visit Cor Deo[/button]