Sanctification

Episode 39: Preaching Secondary and Tertiary Issues

In this episode, Hershael York explains how a pastor should approach second and third tier theological issues from the pulpit.

Why Is Sound Doctrine So Important?

Take hold, savor, and delight in the sound doctrine of God’s truth to mature you into the likeness of Christ.

You’re a Pastor, Not a Therapist

A pastor’s job is not to dismiss personal experience, but rather to help people see it differently—specifically, to see it according to who God is and the chief purpose of his design for human life.

Humility Is the Main Ingredient of Prayer, Repentance, and Thanksgiving

Prayer is humble because when we pray, we are saying that God is merciful and mighty, that He is wise and sovereign, and that He knows far better than us what is best for us.

Our Groaning Joy

The people of God are living “in this hope”—the time between the advents of Christ when our joy is mingled with the countless “groanings” associated with a fallen world.

How God Helps Us Pray According to His Will

The Spirit of God will use the word of God to help the people of God pray increasingly according to the will of God.

10 Things You Should Know about Prayer

Our Father loves to hear our voices. Nothing is too small to bring to him.

Galatians Is the Antidote to Legalism and Antinomianism

I haven’t grown past my need to walk on a path paved with the grace-saturated words of this letter. I suspect I’m not alone, so here are six reasons I’ll never be able to leave Galatians behind.

A Theology of Disappointment

When you’re living in a broken world, sometimes believing and wanting the right things means you’ll be disappointed.

We Need Old Hymns: God Moves in a Mysterious Way

The world is groaning, we are groaning, but God is protecting us, forging our faith on the anvil of affliction because of his love for us and because of a passion for his own glory.

Perfectionism Will Only Make You Miserable

Perfectionism is the tendency to expect flawless performance from self and others, resulting in frustration at any sign of failure.

Three Reasons Pastors Must Pursue Holiness

The battle against sin is lost when the pastor thinks he is in a separate class, impervious from the spiritual warfare faced by all believers. First and foremost, he must see himself as a Christian who must endure to the end.

Why Every Theologian Should Be a Good Historian

With one foot in systematic theology and the other in church history, historical theology can be the bridge to take our study of God to the past or our study of the past to God.

What Should We Make of Unanswered Prayers?

It’s a privilege to pray to someone who is infinitely wiser than we are, who knows us better than we know ourselves, and who loves us more than any human father ever could.

Brother Pastor, Take Up and Read

God communicated to us through a book, through the written word, and, therefore, he expects us to read.

Why I Left Ministry (Temporarily) to Learn More about It

During my time at SBTS, I’ve realized that I needed to leave ministry temporarily and give myself to studying the things of God full-time

What Will We Think about Our Rhetoric on the Last Day?

Hyperbole and exaggeration can be effective rhetorical devices, grabbing our attention and constraining us to see what we didn’t see before, but they can also be used for ill and to mislead.

What Was the Most Important Lesson I Learned in Seminary?

Oddly enough, the more knowledge I gain, the more rarified intellectual air tends to fill the inner balloon that is my ego. But these words are a deflating pin: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”