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A dozen pastors known for their consistently stellar performances in the pulpit made Baylor University’s list of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.
The list of 11 men and one woman, chosen by scholars of homiletics, or the art of preaching, was released Tuesday (May 1).
“In a world where talk is cheap and there seems to be no end to it, the preacher has to recover the priority and power of the word,” said W. Hulitt Gloer, director of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas.
“Words are the tools of the preacher and that gives them incredible power,” Gloer added.
The dozen preachers in the Photo courtesy: Religion News Service
Photo courtesy: Religion News Service
When was the last time you heard a "last days" sermon from the Old Testament?
When most pastors preach a sermon on the end times they usually start with the Olivet Discourse Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21) or the Book of Revelation. For years the focus on end times discussions has remained in the New Testament. Unfortunately that results in our teachers only giving us the end of the story. When reading a story, it makes sense to start at the beginning, rather than at the end and try to figure out the story from there. Yet the study of the "last days" in most churches today has us doing this very thing. I did that, too, for years, until I finally decided to start at the beginning of the book.
Here are seven Old Testament passages that I've come across in my studies that are crucial to understanding the "last days" that you will rarely hear pastors preach on in today's churches:
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