Preaching Influence

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  1. amen_corner

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    Which preacher has had the most influence on your preaching ministry? I believe that all of us have at least one preacher that we look to as a model; we might even "borrow" a little bit from them. Who is that preacher that you would listen to and learn from above all others?
     
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    Hard to say. I really enjoy John MacArthur and Chuck Swindoll. Charles Stanley is good, but uses very little emotion.

    I guess it would be MacArthur, first and foremost, because I seemed to learn so much from his expositions (in fact, I am trying to learn how to study the Bible inductively, and how to preach expository messages, because of his style). Swindoll uses a very similar approach, and I like his humor and insights into what makes us tick, so he would be the second.

    My third, and the closest to my heart, would be my former pastor, Roger Hobbs. I know that he is a true man of God, and his messages taught, explained, edified, and reproved me during some rather turbulent years. I still love and pray for him, even though he now pastors in another state.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
  3. j_barner2000

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    I would have to say foremost is my current pastor, Coy Wilkerson. Then there are Swindoll, Joe Stowell, and Stanley. They each have their distinct styles, but appear to be men called by God and make His word come alive.
     
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    The preacher that has had the biggest impact on my ministry is Evangelist Bill Rice III. His preaching is to the point and it is evident that the Holy Spirit is using his message.
     
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    early in the ministry i could only get one radio station on the old church van and I listened to G.E. Pattereson every morning inspired me to see how the ot scriptures speak of Jesus. His topics generated many research opportunties.
     
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    Near the time I felt a call to preach, I started listening to a 15 minute sermon by Lester Roloff every morning while driving my garage door service truck. He had some good sermons, and was influential to me in a number of ways. I guess I would say my pastor has had the most influence, though.

    Jason
     
  7. Dr. Bob

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    Dr. R V Clearwaters (Fourth Baptist, Minneapolis) was my role model. Intense exposition, tied to literature, illustration and application.

    And would you believe, his modern successor at the church is Dr. Douglas MacLachlan, who is probably the greatest expositor I know. MacArthur pales in grasp of the Word and English.
     
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    Without a question, I point to the late Dr. Thomas Todhunter Shields of Jarvis Street Baptist Church, Toronto, Canada.

    His command of the English language was such that the head of the English Department at Uiniversity of Toronto, sent his students over to hear Shields preach wth the admonition: ignore his message, but pay heed to his English.

    Shields was Christocentric, a defender of the faith, founded a seminary styled after Spurgeon's College. It was tuition free and encouraged students to maintain a student pastorate throghout their four years of study.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     

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