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Along with the Long Line of Godly Men series that will cover from Moses, to men like John Piper who faithfully teach the doctrines of grace, there will also be smaller books which will profile other gifted preachers throughout history such as Martin Luther, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and Charles Spurgeon.
This first profile is entitled The Expository Genius of John Calvin. It looks incredibly helpful, for it not only goes into how he prepared and delivered his sermons, but also his mindset going into the pulpit and the preparation of his heart and mind beforehand.
Here is an exerpt from the preface:
“To step into the pulpit is to enter onto holy ground. To stand behind an open Bible demands no trifling with sacred things. To be a spokesman for God requires utmost concern and care in handling and proclaiming the Word. Rightly does Scripture warn, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater scrictness” (James 3:1).
But sad to say, we live in a generation that has compromised this sacred calling to preach. Exposition is being replaced with entertainment, preaching with performances, doctrine with drama, and theology with theatrics. Desperately does the modern-day church need to recover its way and return to a pulpit that is Bible-based, Christ-centered, and life-changing. God has always been pleased to honor His Word–especially His Word preached. The greatest seasons of church history–those eras of widespread reformation and great awakening–have been those epochs in wich God-fearing men took the inspired Word and unashamedly preached it in the power of the Holy Spirit. As the pulpit goes, so goes the church. Thus, only a reformed pulpit will ultimately lead to a reformed church. In this hour, pastors must see their pulpits again marked by sequential exposition, doctrinal clarity, and a sense of gravity regarding eternal matters. This, in my estimation, is the need of the hour.”

I look forward to the continuation of this series, and let us pray that God uses these books to spur on many men to the God-honoring exposition of His Holy Word.

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