I must confess to being something of a sermonoholic, and most weeks I will listen to several sermons. I love listening to the Word of God preached, and have a huge collection of sermon MP3s (and even still a big box of sermon tapes even though I have nothing to play them on).
I thought I would post a few links here to some of the preachers I listen to. I could probably list hundreds, but I’ll keep this brief, and encourage you to add your suggestions in the comments.
I’ll start with an number of preachers who are known personally to me. These good friends may not be famous, but I always enjoy listening to them:
- Steve Chick – Hope Church Winchester Steve used to be one of the pastors at the church I attend, and he has a knack for finding good illustrations for all his talks. Also worth checking out are the sermons from John Groves.
- John Symons – Lighthouse John was my pastor while at university, and having spent some time in Africa, is now back in Southampton and helping out an international church. He is a wonderfully gracious man, with a real pastoral heart.
- Andrew Fountain – New Life I first made contact with Andrew through the internet and since he has strong family links with Southampton have been able to meet him a number of times. He is an excellent Bible teacher, with a superb grasp of theology but a very accessible teaching style. He is leading a church in Toronto.
- Mark Mould – Junction 13 Mark has been a good friend for many years, and helped me to run several “Saturday Morning Theology” courses at KCC. Now he has joined the Junction 13 church plant in Eastleigh, where he often preaches. He is an avid reader of theology, has a great love for the Puritans, is a clear communicator, and always brings fresh insights out of the passages he teaches from.
- Steve Froud – Emmanuel Steve was my first cell group leader after moving to Southampton, and though he and his family moved to London to help plant a church, it is great to hear his occasional talks online. He has a refreshingly honest and direct style that I enjoy.
- Simon Ponsonby – St Aldates After benefiting enormously from his preaching at New Wine and reading his books, I have had the privilege of meeting Simon on a few occasions and debating topics with him over email. He is a magnificent preacher with a real warm-hearted love for God. While you are there, also look out for talks by Charlie Cleverly.
- John-Daniel Laurence – St Mikes I have known J-D since childhood, and when Steph and I used to run our “full faith” evenings, we would invite him and others round to our house to preach in our living room until the early hours of the morning. He is now Curate at a church in Aberystwth.
I could go on for ages, but don’t want to make this into a list of people you’ve already heard of anyway (I’m guessing you already know about Tim Keller, John Piper, Mark Driscoll?). Two that I have been listening to recently are Stef Liston at Revelation church in London, who is a down to earth, direct Bible teacher, and Doug Wilson, who almost defies description, but is a profound thinker who will come at topics from angles you don’t expect and even if you are not persuaded by his overall theological system there is much to appreciate and learn from in his sermons. Andrew Wilson and Joel Virgo are two others I keep tabs on.
So, over to you. Who do you listen to and why?