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analysis of the state of seminary education today, bedeviled as it is by increasing fragmentation, specialization, and generalization. However, his is not simply a song of lament. Rather, the burden of Jensen’s essay is to challenge seminaries to prioritize the training of preachers amidst everything else they do. As Jensen contends, “It is the business of the whole faculty and the whole curriculum to produce preachers.” Or to put it concretely, the sermon is the aim of the seminary.

Of course, seminaries are not the only ones who should produce preachers. The church is ultimately responsible to raise up her own shepherds. Thus in every generation the church must set itself anew to the task of raising up its own. But what might this look like in our day and age? Setting his proposal against the backdrop of the preacher-led Puritan movement in Tudor England, David Helm identifies several twenty-first-century strategies to help raise up not just a few but a whole generation of gospel preachers. This inspiring proposal is complemented by Jon Dennis’s seasoned reflection upon Paul’s charge to his pastoral understudy, Timothy: “Preach the Word!” (2 Tim. 4:2), which Dennis suggests provides us with a call and a model for training and deploying gospel ministers.

This entire collection of essays concludes, then, where it ought: with a warm, engaging and indeed fascinating sketch of Kent Hughes’s life and ministry. Randall Gruendyke, longtime friend and former associate of Kent’s at College Church, has done a great service in putting Kent’s story down on paper. Such an exercise, however, serves more than the public record; it provides us with a living example of faithfulness to one’s calling and faithfulness to one’s Lord. We all need examples—preachers not least. May the reader see in this story an inspiring portrait of how the Pauline paradox of grace and discipline (1 Cor. 15:10) came to expression in the life of one godly and much-beloved pastor!

The Pulpit Leads the World

These are tumultuous and indeed unsettling times. As the rising tide of post-Christian secularism threatens to capsize the evangelical church and as many foul breezes rip across her deck, it is the pulpit that should be out in front, leading, navigating, warning of danger, signaling hope. Regrettably, however, it is the pulpit that is all too often relegated to the rear, pastors choosing instead to lead with all the rest. As a result, many churches are left adrift in a sea of moral and theological confu- sion, tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Furthermore, as the pulpit recedes


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