Spirit Empowered Preaching

Spirit Empowered Preaching (Mentor, 2006)

Arturo G. Azurdia III is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology/Director of Pastoral Mentoring at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon after ministering for 10 years in Northern California.  In Spirit Empowered Preaching: Involving the Holy Spirit in your Ministry, Azurida pinpoints one of the great dangers facing today’s preachers; the problem of an over-intellectual approach to the sermon.  Careful, meditative, and painstaking exegesis brings with it a potential liability, that of losing the vitality that must accompany expository preaching (Back cover).

The question that sets forth the premise of the book is, “What kind of preaching is it that causes men and women ‘to feel the overwhelming power of the sheer loveliness and enthrallment  of Jesus Christ’…that compels a person to love the Lord Jesus ‘with all his heart and soul and mind and strength?”

Reforming Pastoral Ministry (Crossway Books, 2001)

John H. Armstrong founded and directs Reformation & Revival Ministries, which fosters spiritual awakening and encourages the church, through its leadership, to pursue doctrinal and ethical reformation. Armstrong serves as the general editor of the multiple contributors to help us return to those truths that made the church great. Armstrong pastored in a local church church setting for over twenty years.  Afterwards, he spent lots of time with pastors in various settings.  He listened to their heart and observed their labors more intensely and saw clearly the great pressures modern ministers face everyday. Armstrong concludes that if pastors are to do the work they believe God called them to do, it will cost them more than ever in this modern age.