Author: David Prince

Sow the Word: Biblical Authority in Missions

Some have recently suggested that downplaying a focus on the authority of the Bible is a necessary evangelistic strategy in reaching people who do not recognize the authority of the Bible. Much of my ministry is focused on reaching people from around the world who have no allegiance to the authority of the Bible whatsoever. On a weekly basis, I am in conversation with atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, agnostics, or people from other backgrounds who are here as international students or visiting scholars. For many of them, the Bible has no more significance than any other old book. In...

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How to Help Your Children Become Better Sermon Listeners

I was recently asked, “How would you explain to children in grade school what a sermon is and what they should be doing during the sermon?” I thought it might be a good question to answer in an article since I have frequently had similar questions over the years. What is a sermon? A sermon is when a man of God delivers the message of God directly from the Word of God (the Bible) to the people of God in the church and to unbelievers who are also listening. A sermon is not merely an intellectual lecture, a form...

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Don’t Theologize or Spiritualize Ministry Mediocrity

I believe in the primacy of Christ-centered expository preaching in the life of the church. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asserted in his classic book, Preaching, and Preachers, “I would say without any hesitation that the most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and the most urgent need in the Church, it is obviously the greatest need of the world also.” I agree wholeheartedly with that statement. Lloyd-Jones also wrote in Preaching and Preachers, “True preaching, after all, is God acting. It is not just a man uttering words; it is...

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Our Respectable Sin—Laziness

What if you have a child who is well-mannered, makes straight A’s at school and is successfully involved in all sorts of extracurricular activities, but one day, that child comes home and begins cursing like sailor and curses at you in the process? I wonder, how would you respond? Would you think to yourself that since he is successful in many things, generally well-mannered, and a fantastic student, there is nothing to worry about? Would you reason that this is just one problematic thing, and he will probably grow out of it? You almost assuredly would not respond that...

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Honor the Author and the Author of the Biblical Text

The uniqueness and supernatural unity of biblical revelation demands that all of the parts be read in light of the whole for a full and adequate determination of meaning. This interpretive assertion would seem straightforward for those who believe the Bible is God’s inerrant Word but some evangelicals contend that the interpretive meaning of a biblical text is limited exclusively to the original intent of the human author. Robert H. Stein boldly asserts, No book of the Bible claims God as its immediate author! Christians, of course, believe that behind the books of the Bible stands the living God,...

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