View Poll Results: Who Is the Best "Popular" Preacher Today?

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  • Joel Beeke

    11 9.09%
  • John Piper

    37 30.58%
  • Tim Keller

    13 10.74%
  • R.C. Sproul

    24 19.83%
  • Joel Osteen

    9 7.44%
  • Someone Else (please list)

    27 22.31%
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    Who Is the Best "Popular" Preacher Today?

    I'm sure that I've left off a number of great preachers. Feel free to volunteer your own favorites, brothers and sisters! The only stipulation I would ask is that it not be your own preacher (unless you attend a church where the preacher is well known).
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    Pastor John Weaver and Pastor Thomas Ray Floyd are my absolute favorites and very good friends also! They're both reformed baptists.
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  3. For bread and butter preaching, constantly nourishing, I like Phil Ryken. I always learn something from him. However, I like Stafford Carson almost equally as well.
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    I'm livin' my best life now, baby! ...And I can't say enough about my Deluxe Joel Osteen teeth cleaning kit...

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    I could listen to John Piper for hours upon end. Passionate Preaching from a man with great humility and transparency. My other favorite was James Montgomery Boice. I learned so much listening to him. Our loss/Heaven's gain!
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    I like them all...

    but, although, not totally reformed, it is his 40th anniversary, he is local, and, as far a "Preaching", I just love him. (unless he is talking eschatology)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knoxienne View Post
    Pastor John Weaver and Pastor Thomas Ray Floyd are my absolute favorites and very good friends also! They're both reformed baptists.
    Amen! It don't get no better than that!

    Theognome
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenbaggins View Post
    For bread and butter preaching, constantly nourishing, I like Phil Ryken. I always learn something from him. However, I like Stafford Carson almost equally as well.
    Oh, yes, Ryken. I knew I was forgetting someone. He came and preached at Erskine while I was there and I thought he was absolutely fabulous. It was an interesting sermon on the priestly attire. Thanks for the mention!
    Tim Phillips
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    Piper. Hands down. He probably more than any single living preacher has popularized the doctrines of grace, particularly amongst the evangelical demographic which has virtually no exposure to the more "hard core" preachers of Reformed theology.

    Indeed, it was his Desiring God - back when it was still the 1st edition - that got me thinking about the concept of God-centeredness.
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    What, no Rick Warren? He's America's pastor, dontchaknow!
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    I picked Sproul because he has done the most invaluable work, in my opinion. I am a new Beeke fan, and ♥ him very much, and I love Piper as well! But, in the end, I think R.C. Sproul has been a very consistent help to many, many people. They are all very intelligent, accessible, and wise, but I think there would be the largest void had Sproul never become a preacher.

    However, I currently listen to Mark Dever the most. I'm really trying to get through all of his overview sermons on the books of the Bible that someone on the PB recommended to me. OT and NT
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    Quote Originally Posted by reformed trucker View Post
    What, no Rick Warren? He's America's pastor, dontchaknow!
    That was a purpose driven post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by he beholds View Post
    However, who I currently listen to the most is Mark Dever. I'm really trying to get through all of his overview sermons on the books of the Bible that someone on the PB recommended to me. OT and NT
    Jessi, I thought about putting Dever on the list, but I was disappointed in his presentation at last year's T4G conference. I saw him at Ligonier's Pastor's Conference a few years ago, though, and thought he was excellent then.
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    Of the list, Piper, hands down.
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    There is also Sinclair Ferguson and I personally like Cornelius Pronk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolaGratia View Post
    There is also Sinclair Ferguson...
    Silly me, how could I have overlooked a fellow ARP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrow Man View Post

    Jessi, I thought about putting Dever on the list, but I was disappointed in his presentation at last year's T4G conference. I saw him at Ligonier's Pastor's Conference a few years ago, though, and thought he was excellent then.
    Do you remember what disappointed you? We don't know much about him, so a warning of what may creep in would be helpful! Thanks!
    J.L.



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    Driscoll!!!! that's my vote Piper is a close second
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    I personally enjoy listening to my own pastor preach. Especially as this means the word preached is combined with prayer, the sacrament, singing of psalms and the fellowship of believers.

    Edit
    Oops. Missed the word "popular" in the opening post. Well, I suppose he's popular within our congregation, so maybe that counts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by he beholds View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marrow Man View Post

    Jessi, I thought about putting Dever on the list, but I was disappointed in his presentation at last year's T4G conference. I saw him at Ligonier's Pastor's Conference a few years ago, though, and thought he was excellent then.
    Do you remember what disappointed you? We don't know much about him, so a warning of what may creep in would be helpful! Thanks!
    Oh no, let no fears arise within thee! The man is thoroughly orthodox and has done a great service to the church through 9Marks Ministries. No, he was just a little flat and dry that day, that is all.

    He is a Baptist, but not much I can do about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honor View Post
    Driscoll!!!! that's my vote Piper is a close second
    Another choice that should have at least made the list. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prufrock View Post
    I personally enjoy listening to my own pastor preach. Especially as this means the word preached is combined with prayer, the sacrament, singing of psalms and the fellowship of believers.

    Edit
    Oops. Missed the word "popular" in the opening post. Well, I suppose he's popular within our congregation, so maybe that counts.
    That kind of contentment is a blessing indeed. And our pastors so need our support!
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    I would add Dr. Ligon Duncan. When I was first exploring expository preaching (after I was already ordained and preaching...) his sermons on Matthew saved my tail!
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    While I love Piper, I have to go with Keller.
    Matthew Morales (Husband to Rachel)
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    From the list suggested . . .

    Piper hands down - full of earnest soul stirring passion

    R.C. Sproul would be another fav for his incredible role in introducing so many to Reformed Theology

    I heard Beeke last Saturday at Nathan Eshelman's ordination and would love to go back to seminary . . . at PRTS! But, he hardly has the following to qualify as "popular."

    I can't believe anyone on the PB selected Joel Osteen!!!
    At least you could go for a good "Reformed" preacher like Robert Schuller
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    For "preaching" John Piper is extraordinarily gifted- passionate, clear, powerful and mostly right in reformed theology.

    While I have limited acquaintance with Mr. Beeke, it is very favorable.

    John MacArthur should be on the list.

    For "teaching" I think of Tim Keller and RC Sproul. Interpreting this poll as the teaching gift, it seems Dr. Sproul is without equal in this generation.
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    Joel...he is so cool.
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    It depends what you mean by "Best." Do you mean preaching ability, content, overall ministry of the word? For instance Tim Keller has greater preaching ability than Joel Beeke, but I'd say in terms of content Beeke wins hands down.

    If you just want "favorite preacher" or best combination of all the qualities I look for in a preacher, that would be someone almost no one has ever heard of - Pastor Mark Herzer.
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    And if you go by "most listened to on Sermonaudio" its Paul Washer, hands down!
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    Sproul of course! I never really got into Piper's teachings for some reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjonee View Post
    Sproul of course! I never really got into Piper's teachings for some reason.
    Same here.
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    The key word in the poll was preacher. Out of the popular it would be Piper at preaching. His delivery and authenticity lend to his popularity. If it were teacher, that would be different. Then it would be between Sproul and Beeke between those listed followed closely by Keller, Piper. Paul Washer was mentioned as well and certainly bears mentioning. I loved Sinclair at the desiring God national conference.

    I almost forgot Ligon Duncan, I could listen to him over and over.
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    Actually, Sproul does do preaching along with teaching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjonee View Post
    Actually, Sproul does do preaching along with teaching.
    No thanks left right now, but thanks! I agree!!↑↑↑
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    Sproul has taught me most of what I know about reformed theology, so I'd have to choose him. But I also enjoy Piper occasionally. I love Sinclair Ferguson and wondered why he wasn't on the list, Tim! Haha! I've never heard Tim Keller, but I'd like to sometime.
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    I voted Sproul as well. I hear of people all the time who came out of modern evangelical churches thanks to God using his preaching, including myself. (hope I used that reflexive pronoun correctly )

    Joel Beeke's name is popping up all over the place and I have never heard him but I have read articles by him in Tabletalk. I would say he is popular.

    Paul Washer is very popular and I like him too. I have never heard Piper. I have heard MacArthur and think that he should be on the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theognome View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by reformed trucker View Post
    What, no Rick Warren? He's America's pastor, dontchaknow!
    That was a purpose driven post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Presbyterian Deacon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Theognome View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by reformed trucker View Post
    What, no Rick Warren? He's America's pastor, dontchaknow!
    That was a purpose driven post.

    Theognome
    "purpose driven post!"
    Yes, he's a riot. We have Rick Warren jokes up the Ying Yang. He's home from work now, so my PB shift is over since he'll want the computer. And I have to work on dinner.
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    R.C. Sproul has blessed my christian life in so many ways, that even trying to name them here is close to impossible
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  39. #39
    I'll vote for Piper and MacArthur.

    BTW, interesting photos, sjonee.
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