Denny’s Blog 2016-10-29T15:10:43-04:00

Jude’s Dual Purpose (Jude 1-4)

Jude writes his letter in the mid-first century A.D. Was Jude or 2 Peter written first? We do not know. In verses 1-4, Jude reveals his purpose. We can put it this way: Prove your calling and maintain your confession by studying our common salvation [...]

By | October 21st, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Paul’s Sequential Sermon (Acts 17:22-31)

The three-point sermon is standard fare and is considered the orthodox form in many circles. As a result, sequential outlines for Bible lessons or sermons are uncommon. But sermons by the prophets, apostles, or our Lord do not have the three-point structure. In recently reviewing [...]

By | October 14th, 2019|Denny's Blog|

A Stronghold We Defend

In 2 Corinthians 10:4, Paul stresses that “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” These strongholds (ESV) are fortresses (NASB), which defend a position. One of my pastors reminds us that we all face various [...]

By | October 7th, 2019|Denny's Blog|

When is Preaching the Word of God?

Gospel preaching is a means of grace. God uses gospel preaching to change us and to change others. Listen to the apostle Peter. “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of [...]

By | September 30th, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Gospel Arrows: Three Sharpening Hints

Remember John R. de Witt’s comment regarding Calvin’s sermons, “The feature that struck me most powerfully is just their immediacy” (John Calvin’s Sermons on Genesis, Chapters 1-11, xvii). Here are three hints to help achieve this immediacy and sharpen your gospel arrows, whether teaching a [...]

By | September 23rd, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Gospel Arrows: Actions Speak Louder

We take it for granted, “Actions speak louder than words.” This aphorism is true in public speaking too. That is, what we do while we are speaking is as important as the actual words we say, perhaps even more important . The force and impact [...]

By | September 16th, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Gospel Arrow Force and Vehemence

A folded paper airplane hits a tree trunk, bounces back, and falls to the ground. By contrast, a sharp pointed arrow has penetrating power. In teaching and preaching, it is this “penetrating quality” that makes a gospel message effective (W.G.T. Shedd, Homiletics, 84). On one [...]

By | September 9th, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Labor Day: God and Faith and Work

Labor Day is a good time to talk about work. God commands work. God said to Adam and Eve, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [...]

By | September 2nd, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Pointed Gospel Arrows, Pointed Applications

Sharp, pointed, penetrating gospel arrows set forth the truth of God by the power of God. Expository preaching and teaching, gospel lessons and preaching demand explanation of biblical texts. “Without explanation it is not expository” (T.H.L. Parker, Calvin’s Preaching, 79). But thorough explanations are not [...]

By | August 26th, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Gospel Arrow Emotion and Illustration

When pointed and sharp gospel arrows strike a human heart, the impact is felt. In fact, the impact must be felt. The Westminster Divines tell us that those who preach and teach must set forth the truth so that those listening “feel the word of [...]

By | August 19th, 2019|Denny's Blog|