In the Introduction to Expository Preaching Class at SWBTS I require his little text Preaching for God's Glory. A few quotes:
- we gather together as the church not to enjoy preaching eloquence (or to criticize its lack) but to hear and heed the Word of God. (p. 13)
- The Scriptures are neglected and debased and are used only as a springboard for all kinds of “talks” that are far removed from biblical exposition. (p. 18)
- There is a contemporary distrust of anything or anyone who is assured or authoritative. (p. 19)
- Expository preaching means unfolding the text of Scripture in a way that makes contact with the listeners' world while exalting Christ and confronting them with the need for action" (p. 23)
- It is sheer slackness to fling at people great slabs of religious phraseology derived from a bygone age without helping them retranslate the message into their own experience. That is the preacher's task, not theirs. (p. 29)
- [Expository preaching] establishes the focus of the people upon God and his glory before any consideration of man and his need. (p 33)
- There is no chance of a fire in the pews if there is an iceberg in the pulpit; and without personal prayer and communion with God during the preparation stages, the pulpit will be cold. (p. 43)
And now, a chance to listen to the man himself ...
"It is no small matter to stand up in the face of the congregation, and to deliver a message of salvation or damnation, as from the living God, in the name of the redeemer."
-Richard Baxter, Reformed Pastor