Monday, September 10, 2007

Dr. Bryan Chapell is interviewed giving "The Truth About Expository Preaching." It is a great interview and one that is a MUST READ.

In this interview at, Chapell defined expository preaching, talks about the 3am rule, and really, sums up his book Christ Centered Preaching in just a few short paragraphs.

This is a good reminder for those of us who are committed to sound and accurate exposional preaching. Here is a clip to wet your appetite:
An expositor is solemnly bound to say what God says. In an expository
message we relate precisely what a text of Scripture says. A more technical
explanation—an old one that I hold to—is that an expository message gets its
main points and its sub-points directly from the text.
A textual message gets
its main points from the text but its developmental components elsewhere. A
topical message gets only its topic from the text and could be developed
according to the nature of the topics rather than the text. An expository
message, however, says what the text says and gets all its developmental
features from the text as well.


Les said...


Indeed this is a very good book and certainly is a must read. I had Dr. Chapell for homiletics and I must say the classes were excellent as well.

One of the unfortunate oddities is that far too many preachers come out of CTS and end up NOT preaching expository sermons. That is lamentable.

Of course another book that should be a must read for all preachers is Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Llord-Jones. None better!

Les Prouty

Les said...

No pun intended on the misspelling of Lloyd in Lloyd-Jones.

Geoffrey Kirkland said...

Ha ha,

Les. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Preaching and Preachers is a classic on preaching! Excellent.

Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

Geoff, you might want to also check out Lawson's recent book about the Expository Genius of Calvin. I skimmed it on my recent flight back fom LA to St. Louis and found it very hard to put down!


Anonymous said...

Geoff, I don't know if you recall, but I presented you with an autographed copy of Dr. Chapell's book on preaching when we had your graduation party from Master's College!

By the are 2 endorsements for Lawson's book:

“An infectious appreciation of the preaching of John Calvin from the pen of Steven Lawson. No one reading this volume can fail to appreciate the debt we owe to the Genevan Reformer. Lawson has consulted the best of current scholarship and has produced a comprehensive distillation of the contours of the Reformer’s preaching and, with it, a compelling advocacy of consecutive expository preaching. A magnificent achievement.”
—Derek W. H. Thomas
Professor of systematic and practical theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Miss.

“The cure for the ‘dys-exposition’ that afflicts today’s pulpits has been available for five hundred years, as Steve Lawson so clearly documents in The Expository Genius of John Calvin. Preachers reading this book will be moved to take to heart Calvin’s encompassing belief in the sovereignty of God’s Word—as to its total sufficiency and massive potency. Further, they will be inspired to pursue the deep, enriching paths of lectio continua. This is a beautifully written, powerful, and convincing book. It is a must read for all who aspire to preach the word.”
—R. Kent Hughes
Senior pastor emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Ill.

Geoffrey Kirkland said...


Thanks for the note. I DID read Lawson's book on Calvin and his expository preaching. Excellent work! Thanks for the post.

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