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October is Pastor Appreciation Month.  This post is my own small and woefully inadequate attempt to honor my pastor.  Right now he’s preaching through the book of Romans on Sunday mornings.  His sermon texts for the last two weeks have been hard, controversial passages:  Romans 9:1-13, and Romans 9:14-29.

I want you to listen to these two sermons, for two reasons.  One, there are a lot of people who aren’t exactly sure what expository (also called expositional) preaching is.  These are both good examples of that particular style of preaching.  Two, they deal with a very difficult doctrine—unconditional election—in a clear, passionate, and yet gracious manner.  In that regard, too, they serve as good examples of faithful pastoral ministry.

If you only have time to listen to one message, I recommend the second.  I pray that you find it as humbling and as encouraging and as challenging as I did.  (You might want to clear out a little spot on the floor for your face.)