This is the final part of a three-part blog series where we asked Dr. Steven J. Lawson some questions about expository preaching, current issues facing evangelicals today and Expositor magazine.
What exactly is Expositor?
Expositor is a ministry of OnePassion Ministries, which is a work I have founded to encourage and equip pastors in biblical preaching. It is a magazine that comes out every other month and is approximately 50 pages in each issue. I have asked many of the leading expositors around the world to contribute articles based around a central theme that each issue has. The first issue was on The Inerrancy of Scripture and Expository Preaching. The second issue was on The Glory of God and Preaching. The third issue was on Evangelism in the Pulpit. The fourth issue will be on Preaching in a Post-Modern World. Not only do I contribute an article in each issue, but so also does John MacArthur, who I believe is the premier expositor in our day. Other notable men who have written for us include R.C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, Al Mohler, John Piper, Derek Thomas, and many others. We also have an extended interview with different leading expositors. For example, in our last issue, the interview was with R.C. Sproul and the focus was upon getting the gospel right. In our next issue, I interviewed Ligon Duncan regarding preaching in days such as which we find ourselves, in a post-Christian society. The goal in all of this is to raise a standard in these days that would call men back to biblical preaching.
What are some distinguishing marks of Expositor magazine?
The unique voice of Expositor magazine is that it is singularly focused upon the primacy of the preaching of the Word of God. While there are a few other magazines devoted to preaching, our magazine is committed to the kind of preaching that transcends centuries and generations. In other words, it is not preaching that caters to the modern ear and accommodates both the message and the medium. Instead, Expositor magazine calls men to preach the Word of God in a way that has stood the test of time. We are not looking for trendy techniques or gospel gimmicks to pass on to this generation of preachers. Rather, we are calling them to preach in such a way as has been modeled by formidable preachers down through the centuries.
What sorts of topics can Christians plan to see in forthcoming Expositor issues?
In future issues, I want to see us address many of the technical and practical specifics in expository preaching. By that, I mean devoting articles to matters such as exegesis, historical background, and the use of the languages. I also want us to focus upon showing the implications of the text, as well as how the preacher should be exhorting the listeners to respond to the preaching of the Word.
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