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Five From the Files Friday

Here are five articles from my Evernote archives, with the year they were first published in parentheses. Since blog posts pass by our attention and tend to fade into obscurity pretty fast, I thought it might be helpful to resurrect some helpful posts I’ve encountered along the way.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard something like “I prayed a prayer to receive Jesus when I was 4, but never really grew. So when I was 18 I rededicated my life to the Lord.” I most certainly believe that children can come to faith in Christ, but between the way the Gospel is often (mis)presented to children and the frequency of the above, I came to the point where I preferred not to baptize children under 13. And then I raised the bar to 18. One of the ideas that influenced me is represented in this article from Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

I linked to two articles from Credo Magazine last week on “How Seminarians Can learn to Preach to Normal People” Here’s the third installment. (2011)

How long does it take you to prepare a sermon? Is it right to spend the equivalent of 40%-50% of your work week on one sermon? This article is good reading. And the answer is yes. (2010)

Carll Trueman is one of my favorite writers. Here he raises the question, “Why is So Much Preaching So Poor?” (2013)

Christmas preaching was always a challenge for me, mostly for the same reasons the author of this article identifies. But it’s coming, and it would be better to think now about what you’ll preach than wait until Black Friday. (2011)

Have a great weekend of ministry!


Author: Peter Bogert

Married to Laura, with three adult children, 7 grandchildren. I’m an avid baseball fan, and I enjoy listening to audiobooks about military history, and reading Theology. I was ordained a Baptist pastor and served two churches over a 41 year period. After a three year hiatus I'm glad to be serving at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Coopersburg, PA. And I’m glad you stopped by!

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