2011 Preaching Conference

October 24, 2011

Cure for the Boring Sermon

Join us for the 2011 Preaching Conference, October 25-26, with keynote speaker Rev. Kevin DeYoung.  Seminar speakers will include Westminster professors Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman, Rev. Dr. David Garner, and Rev. John Currie.

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I am disturbed therefore when I am often told by members of churches that many of the younger Reformed men are very good men, who have no doubt read a great deal, and are very learned men, but they are very dull and boring preachers; and I am told this by people who themselves hold the Reformed position. This is to me a very serious matter; there is something radically wrong with dull and boring preachers. How can a man be dull when he is handling such themes? I would say that a ‘dull preacher’ is a contradiction in terms; if he is dull he is not a preacher. He may stand in a pulpit and talk, but he is certainly not a preacher. With the grand theme and message of the Bible dullness is impossible.
         Martyn Lloyd-Jones

When we preach boring sermons we give the impression that the Bible is boring. This is certainly not our calling as heralds of the best news the world could ever hear. We are pleased to have Rev. Kevin DeYoung with us at this year’s conference to help us find the antidote to boring sermons.

We pray that the plenary sessions, seminars, and mutual fellowship will be an encouragement to you, whether you are just beginning your ministry or are a veteran laborer in His Word.

Dr. Timothy Witmer
Coordinator, Department of Practical Theology

Kevin DeYoung is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, located across the street from Michigan State University. He serves as a council member at The Gospel Coalition and blogs on TGC’s DeYoung, Restless and Reformed.  He is the co-author of Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, and What is the Mission of the Church? Making sense of social justice, Shalom and the Great Commission; and the author of Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will and The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism. Kevin is also the editor and a contributor to Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have four children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, and Paul, and are expecting their fifth this year.

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