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    Best Modern Preachers

    I think that we may have had a topic similar to this in the past, but I cannot find it. So here we go again (maybe).

    Who would you guys and gals say are the best modern preachers? By modern I mean within the last 50 years or so (at least recent enough to have sermons on tape/CD/mp3). Feel free to post a relatively unknown preacher. If you can, post a link to his sermons so that we all might be blessed by the preaching of the word.

    Here are some that I am typically blessed by:
    John Piper
    D. A. Carson
    My current pastor, Bruce Wells (no link, sorry)
    My former pastor, Lee Tankersley (Cornerstone Community Church - they have quite a few of his sermons online in audio form and even more in manuscript form)

    Lon

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    I'd have to include the Doctor -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. His sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount, published as [u:179e4be3f9]Studies in the Sermon on the Mount[/u:179e4be3f9], alone probably merit his inclusion on this list.
    Lee Lauridsen
    Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church
    Lawrence, KS

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    Of course, I'm not biased, but:

    Rev. David Th. Stark (my dad): http://www.gpcredding.org
    Rev. Wayne Leigh (my pastor here in Sacramento): http://www.evangelicalreformed.org
    Seth Stark
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    [quote:c9e6b1ea63="LauridsenL"]I'd have to include the Doctor -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. His sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount, published as [u:c9e6b1ea63]Studies in the Sermon on the Mount[/u:c9e6b1ea63], alone probably merit his inclusion on this list.[/quote:c9e6b1ea63]



    Check out the The MLJ Recording Trust.

    His sermon, "The Acid Test of the Christian Profession," delivered at the 1969 Penacola Theologial Institute in the face of a hurricane was fantastic. For those who were there it was both the content and the timing.
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    I have enjoyed a number of the famous preachers we can hear on the radio and what not....but I have only heard one person regularly preach the mysteries and wonders of God in Christ powerfully from Scripture:

    Pastor Tom Lutz of Edgewood Baptist Church in Anderson, IN.

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    I have two favorite preachers.

    Thad Dowdle (a mountain preacher- he is the academic dean of Fruitland Bible Baptist Institute [most of you have probably never heard of it, but it is in Hendersonville, NC]).

    Joel Beeke. He is probably one of the best preachers that I have heard in a long time.
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    I enjoy listening to Stephen Hamilton of the Lehigh Valley Free Presbyterian Church in Allentown, PA. You can get tapes of his sermons here:

    http://www.lehighfree.org/
    Dan
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    I have to say Ray Comfort although I have forgotten his website.
    Fraser,
    Trinity Reformed Baptist Church
    Hamilton, New Zealand.

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    Of course I love my pastors teaching / preaching (Shane Koehler)
    [list:814179805e]http://faithcommunitychurch.org[/list:u:814179805e]

    After that I love learning from:

    John Piper
    John MacArthur
    RC Sproul (for the most part)
    For the sake of the Name,

    John Hill
    Faith Community - Woodstock, Ga
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    I'll nominate Jerry Crick, a PCA minister in the Greenville, South Carolina area. He is also a professor at Greenville Theological Seminary and Bahnsen Theological Seminary. I have been greatly blessed by his ministry. His preaching is [i:3d458f9c23]par excellence[/i:3d458f9c23]. To God be the glory!
    Andrew

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    I am going to follow-up and check out those preachers mentioned who I had never heard of before . I am familiar with some of the others . By the way , John Greer is excellent . I used to listen to him on the radio when I lived in the states . I went to hear him also .
    I would suggest Dr. Michael Barrett who preaches at a Free Presbyterian church in the Greenville , South Carolina area . He isn't the Pastor , Alan Cairns is , but still Dr. B.'s preaching is top-notch . He teaches at that church's seminary . Formally he taught at Bob Jones . But don't hold that against him , he is quite a gifted man of God . Right now on Sermonaudio.com there are 225 of his sermons you can access , but I think there were almost 600 a little while ago . I do not know why they reduced the number .
    Tim Carr living and working in Pupyung-dong,South Korea. I am in fellowship with Seoul Bible Church.
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    more than you in earth or heaven,O Lord.

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    [quote:c8482d42a2="Scot"]I enjoy listening to Stephen Hamilton of the Lehigh Valley Free Presbyterian Church in Allentown, PA. You can get tapes of his sermons here:

    http://www.lehighfree.org/[/quote:c8482d42a2]


    to that. I am always blessed by his sermons, despite the accent...
    Aaron Cowart
    member, Covenant PCA
    Houston, TX

    Student at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO)
    Cape Girardeau, MO

    "The hypocrite's religion is divine in name, but human in deed."

    -Richard Baxter

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    Although they are more like biographical exhortations than sermons, the preaching of the Rev. Iain Murray is topnotch.

    www.sermonaudio.com[/url]
    Jacob
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    As long as people are getting on Sermonaudio to listen to sermons, be sure to listen to something by Mark Gladwell

    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.as...ark%5EGladwell
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  16. You have nominated many great men to the list. I would concur with most... such as The Doctor - MLJ. A must listen to / must read for all christians.

    I had the privilege of hearing Dr. MacArthur, Dr. Sproul and Dr. Al Mohler at the Grace Church Shepherds Conference two weeks ago. After Mohler preached on The Foolishness of the Cross from 1 Cor 1 - I am compelled to nominate his name to the list.

    I also LOVE to be under the teaching of my current Senior Pastor, A Irish Baptist man, Philip DeCourcy. Hear him at our church website... www.emmanualbaptist.com
    David Mullins
    Emmanuel Baptist Church, Toledo, OH
    Outreach / Assimilation Pastor

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    "Ezra set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach his statutes and rules" (Ezra 7.10) ... O Lord, may this be true of me, your servant!

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    IMHO, considering preachers still living, no one seems to equal the articulate expression and passion of Albert Martin
    Rick Larson
    Seeking new church home.
    Currently worshipping at South Suburban EV Free Church, Apple Valley, MN.

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    I've always thought my pastor, Dr. Richard Bacon, was a good preacher.
    Lots of audio at http://www.fpcr.org/
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    How Reformed?

    How reformed this guys are varied, but I loved listening to these folks pre-reformed and I still do:

    Johnny Mac
    R.C. Sproul
    and
    Allister Bage(?)

    Is Allister reformed?I know about R.C. and Johnny "dispy" Mac, but not sure about Allister.
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    to Rick. Tho I've only heard him [Martin] preach once in person and have only sampled a little bit of what else is out there.
    *Peter Gray* Elkins Park RPCNA

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    Hey Pastor Mullins, Welcome to the Board!



    Recently I've been blessed by the preaching ministry of Al Martin. A Reformed Baptist Pastor from Montville, New Jersey. You can find a lot of his teachings at www.sermonaudio.com
    Joseph Ringling
    Father to Joey, Jenna, and Timothy
    Janesville, WI

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    Originally posted by Rick Larson
    IMHO, considering preachers still living, no one seems to equal the articulate expression and passion of Albert Martin
    Oops, sorry, didn't see your post before I posted my other one. A Brother just last week was telling me to check out Al Martin. I'm sure glad I did. Have you listened to any of his sermons on Evangelism yet?
    Joseph Ringling
    Father to Joey, Jenna, and Timothy
    Janesville, WI

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    Originally posted by Rick Larson
    IMHO, considering preachers still living, no one seems to equal the articulate expression and passion of Albert Martin
    Al Martin actually severed the retina in one of his eyes during a passionate sermon. He actually had to lie face down for about 6 weeks following the event or risk blindness.
    Scott Bushey
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    Alister Begg. I think he's Presbyterian, but he speaks at non-reformed events, I've heard him on Focus on the Family & last summer he was a reader(?) at the 2004 Keswick Convention or else someone else has his name! Hmmm...well now, what were we doing there?
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    My all-time favorite Al Martin series is:

    Christians Engaged In Warfare Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    Enjoy!
    Rick Larson
    Seeking new church home.
    Currently worshipping at South Suburban EV Free Church, Apple Valley, MN.

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    I don't think Begg is presbyterian. I was under the impression that he debated Sproul on Baptism.
    Jacob
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    Originally posted by Rick Larson
    My all-time favorite Al Martin series is:

    Christians Engaged In Warfare Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    Enjoy!
    Thanks Rick!
    Joseph Ringling
    Father to Joey, Jenna, and Timothy
    Janesville, WI

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    Originally posted by turmeric
    Alister Begg. I think he's Presbyterian, but he speaks at non-reformed events, I've heard him on Focus on the Family & last summer he was a reader(?) at the 2004 Keswick Convention or else someone else has his name! Hmmm...well now, what were we doing there?
    He's Reformed Baptist. He debated Sproul on the subject of baptism at a Ligoneir conference a couple of years ago.
    x

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    I agree with two others here...Stephen Hamilton is top notch. His sermons on Calvinism and the Doctrines of Grace clinched it for me when I was sorting out the scriptures.
    Aaron Cowart
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    Student at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO)
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    Begg is pastor at Parkside Church near East Cleveland, Ohio. It's an independent non-denom baptistic church...a "mega-church" for all intents and purposes.
    Andrew R. Stager
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    Rock Hill, SC
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    Pastor John MacArthur
    Pastor Albert N. Martin
    Pastor Sinclair Ferguson
    Pastor Alistair Begg
    Elder Novell Deloatch (my pastor/father-in-law/close friend)
    Professor Iain Murray
    Bro. Derek Pulliam
    Sunday School Superintendent
    Believers' Chapel (nondenominational Sovereign Grace Assembly in the innercity)
    Baltimore, MD


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    Rev. Joe Morecraft III
    Rev. Iain Murray
    Mr. George Grant.
    Dr John Piper
    Greg Bahnsen
    Gregg Singer
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    [Edited on 3--20-05 by Draught Horse]
    Jacob
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    Of course, it's difficult not to prefer my own pastor: Dr. Kim Riddlebarger - hear or read his sermons here: http://www.christreformed.org/index.shtml

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    Joel Beeke (HRC)
    Terrance Atkinson (FRCNA)
    Hugh Cartwright (FP)
    Lloyd-Jones (Indep.)
    Iain Murray (FCoS [c])
    Moruice Roberts (FCoS [c])

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  35. Dr. Begg certainly leans reformed... that is apparent in preaching. I would hardly call Parksaide a Mega Church ... I have been there on a number of occasions. He hardly runs 2000. It certainly is not a user friendly, seeker sensitive atmosphere. Begg is dispensational and he did pastor a Baptist Church in Scotland before coming to Cleveland in the early 80's. He is solid, but more inclusivisitic than I am comfortable with, hence the FOF and Moody appearances.

    But we can learn from him all the same. His stuff on expository preaching is very good.
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    James Boice in my opinion was/is the greatest preacher of our time.

    On my list would also be: Robert Peterson (Covenant Seminary, St. Louis)
    Bryan Chapell & George Robertson (both Covenant Presbyterian
    Church PCA, St. Louis)
    and Philip Graham Ryken (Tenth Presby, Philadephia)

    Someday I would like to hear Spurgeon, JI Packer, RC Sproul Sr., Sinclair Ferguson, Derek Thomas, John Gerstner, M. Lloyd-Jones, and Mike Horton preach. (or reading one of their sermons would be great too if anyone can direct me to them)

    I appreciate Spurgeon's phrase he kept with him in his pulpit: (paraphrase?)-"step aside sir, that they may see Jesus" I wish more pastors would follow this wisdom.

    Of all the gifts Christ has given His church, there are few I appreciate more than truly gifted preachers, especially in our watered-down age.

    [Edited on 4-7-2005 by RAS]

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    Lets see, best modern ministers:

    David McClelland (My minister)
    Frank McClelland (My minister's father)
    Ian Paisley
    John Wagner
    Regi Kimbro
    Phil Owen
    Stephen Hamilton
    Craig Vosekalns (My Asst Pastor)
    John Greer
    John Douglas
    Michael Barrett
    David Brame
    David DiCanio
    Mark Allison
    Alan Cairns

    A bit biased towards Free Presbyterian Preaching... but I also enjoy:

    John MacArthur
    Joel Beeke
    James White
    Don Kistler (heard only one sermon by him, it was excellent)
    Jonathan Brown
    Bedford, New Hampshire
    Grace Free Presbyterian Church
    Highschool Graduate

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    I haven't posted here yet, but I would like to name two preachers that are definately top 10, but most likely, top 2 for me:

    1) Eric Alexander



    Watch his sermon in video format on The Perseverance of the Saints

    More audio sermons can be found here.

    2) Edward (Ted) Donnelly



    Find sermons from Pastor Donnelly here.

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    My top two are Timothy Worrell and Steven Dilday.
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    Originally posted by Abd_Yesua_alMasih
    I have to say Ray Comfort although I have forgotten his website.
    http://wayofthemaster.com/about_ray.shtml

    Matt
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    Presbyterian Church of Victoria, Australia

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