Thoughts on Preaching

The Christ the Center panel met with Anthony Selvaggio, a teaching elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY, a visiting professor of New Testament at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA, a practicing attorney and author of many books and articles, about the necessity of remembering that ministers are called to preach to real people. Additionally the panel discussed the relationship of redemptive historical preaching to exemplary and experimental preaching. Finally, the panel discussed the obligation of pastors to avoid plagiarism when citing sources. All in all, this was a fascinating discussion about the central calling of the pastoral ministry.

The discussion begins with an article Anthony for Reformation21 titled Preaching to People?

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Tim H.

10 years ago

What I learned from this episode is that to be a premier synthesizer of experiential and redemptive-historical preaching you must be British.

Jeffrey Waddington

10 years ago


Bummer. I guess that rules me out!

Tim H.

10 years ago

Sorry Jeff, but Sinclair Ferguson, Ian Hamilton, Eric Alexander, and Ted Donnelly have the added spiritual gift of an accent that unites the two.

Anthony Selvaggio on Redemptive-Historical Applicatory Preaching - Feeding on Christ

10 years ago

[…] with regard to hermeneutical principles, preparation and plagiarism. You can listen to the episode here. The interview began with a discussion of Anthony’s Reformation 21 article Preaching to […]

Jeff Downs

10 years ago

This was a good interview, helping for us in training.

You may be interested in the following audio from the 2002 GPTS conference:

Presentation of Redemptive Historical Preaching, by William Dennison

Redemptive Historical Preaching – A Critique, by John Carrick.

I also have the audio of the debate that took place between Carrick and Dennison, which I hope to post later today.

Jeff Downs

10 years ago

I need to listen to my wife and proof read! 🙂 My comment above should have said “This was a good interview; helpful for those training for gospel ministry.”

I am also hoping to post the audio of Dr. Gaffin and Dr. Pipa on Reformed Hermeneutics/Homiletics (a seminar they did together in 1998). I’ll let you know when it is up.

Michael Ives

10 years ago

Great interview. Chiming into the synthesis between the RH and experimental elements, I remember Sinclair Ferguson once giving me the following advice, “You need to have Sibbes in one hand and Ridderbos in the other.”


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