Favorite Preachers

Who is your favorite preacher? Maybe he preached a sermon you have always remembered. Maybe he died long ago and you have only read his sermons. He may have pastored a small country church and none of us have ever heard of him. I know all these men are only servants of God, mere vessels. But I like good preaching and I would like to know who the good preachers are in your eyes. If you can not narrow your list to one; give me a top 5. There are no right or wrong answers to this question, only opinions and we all have a couple of those.

My top five right now would be:
Tom Malone
W A Criswell
Don Savell
Harvey Reeves
S M Lockridge

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Susan R's picture

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For me, listening to preaching is kinda' like reading. I read for what I am interested in, and what I'm in the mood for. That probably doesn't sound good on the surface, but what I mean is that sometimes I need encouragement, or maybe I want to clear some cobwebs in the book of Acts or Ezekiel. Some preachers definitely have the nostalgia factor and bring back happy memories.

In the nostalgia category would be:
Oliver B. Greene
Lester Roloff
B. R. Lakin
Vance Havner
J. Vernon McGee

Other (living) preachers that I enjoy tremendously are:
My pastor Thomas Gresham
Evangelist Mark McGaughey
Evangelist David Spurgeon
Dr. Peter Ruckman
Evangelist Sam Gipp
Dr. S. M. Davis

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Not necessarily in order ...

R.C. Sproul,
Alistair Begg,
John MacArthur,
Chuck Swindall, and of course
Adam Godshall (my pastor).

I have also gleaned much from ...

J. Vernon McGee,
David Jeremiah, and
Adrian Rogers.

Dennis

The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him. ~ Proverbs 18:17

Angela Stewart's picture

Paul Downey (my pastor Lol
Greg Mazak
Tim Jordan
Dave Doran
Kevin Bauder
Mark Minnick

The last four men all spoke at the same BJU Bible Conference one year. I took a few days off that year and had my own little "retreat." It was an enormous blessing and had a great impact on my spiritual life.

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Scott Linerud (my childhood pastor)
Steve Viars (my current pastor)
James MacDonald
John MacArthur
Paul Tripp

Putting fun in Fundamentalist.

Goodellsboy's picture

I have a top three:

Dr. Mark Minnick - he can preach for an hour and a half and I am not ready for him to be finished.

Dr. Tim Jordan - his in-your-face style (in-a-good-way) and his ability to make me think outside of my box yet still in God's box is very refreshing

Dave Doran - his knowledge of Scripture, fundamentalism, and religious trends coupled with his ability to package his thoughts in such a logical way feeds my soul like few others even attempt

Honorable mentions that I listen to but with caution: John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, and some British speaking guy who's name I cannot remember

Jay's picture

I'm a little surprised no one has mentioned James Montgomery Boice, former pastor of 10th Presbyterian. I really enjoyed listening to him whenever I could catch his messages. I also like CJ Mahaney.

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

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Drew Conley
Dave Doran
Richard Phillips
John Piper
JD Crowley
Chris Barney
Tim Keller
Joseph Pipa
CJ Mahaney

God has used all of these men to shape my thinking and living.
There are more, I'm sure, that I can't think of right now

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I'd say my top five are:

1) Joel Osteen
2) TD Jakes
3) Joyce Meyers
4) Benny Hinn
5) Harold Camping (sp)

Did I scare anyone there? Smile Good, because I'm joking. Smile

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Joeseph,

I think I just coded....where are the paddles....LOL

Roger Carlson, Pastor
Berean Baptist Church

Diane Heeney's picture

That was funny. I needed a good laugh today!

Mine:

My brother, Dave Cannon
Mark Minnick
Jim Binney
C.J. Mahaney
David Jeremiah

If we are talking "dead guys"...my list is lots longer. Smile

"I pray to God this day to make me an extraordinary Christian." --Whitefield http://strengthfortoday.wordpress.com

Jay's picture

Joseph Leavell wrote:
I'd say my top five are:

1) Joel Osteen
2) TD Jakes
3) Joyce Meyers
4) Benny Hinn
5) Harold Camping

Someone is drinking deeply of the Fundamentalist heavy hitters... Bleah

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

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Joseph Leavell wrote:
I'd say my top five are:

1) Joel Osteen
2) TD Jakes
3) Joyce Meyers
4) Benny Hinn
5) Harold Camping (sp)

Did I scare anyone there? Smile Good, because I'm joking. Smile

Nephew-in-law,

An email was about to be sent to the whole family asking for prayer for you, and proposing a charter of separation for your outright heresy Smile

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Goodellsboy's picture

Everybody knows that Joyce Meyers can preach better than Joel Osteen. Revise your order!

Rob Fall's picture

David C. Innes (my pastor who took 42 message to get through II Timothy)
B. Myron Cedarholm

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

N.F. Tyler's picture

Joseph Leavell wrote:
I'd say my top five are:

1) Joel Osteen
2) TD Jakes
3) Joyce Meyers
4) Benny Hinn
5) Harold Camping (sp)

I think the Greats go without saying, Joseph.

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E.V. Hill,Tony Evans, and James Ford are some of my favorites. Allister Begg is good. Pastor Ed Vasicek is a very good preacher too. I sat under his ministry for nine years. My pastor while at Moody, John Taylor wasn't the greatest preacher but I still remember a lot of his sayings. Several times he would say to the congregation, "You people come in here and sing the songs and when I look at your faces you look like you've been baptized in pickle juice." I'll never forget the people's faces when he would say it. They got the point. It's time to enjoy your salvation.

Don't be a great pastor, just be a pastor and let history judge for itself.

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Dr. Allen Potter
R. C. Sproul - Luke 16 -
Dr. Sam Horn
Dr. Mac
Love reading
Martin Luther
Martin Loyd Jones
MacArthur

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Beyond many of the ones already listed (sorry for any duplicates) here's my top 7. Sorry for not following the top 5 rules: Smile

Ted Bigelow
Steve Lawson
Erwin Lutzer
Sinclair Ferguson
Albert Mohler
Paul Washer
S. Lewis Johnson (archived sermons)

Blessings, Kim Smile

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I have enjoyed all the lists. Some names I recognize, some not so much. Like, who is this Camping guy? Anyway here are my top five:

Pastor Steve Cox (my pastor)
Andrew Murray
Creflo Dollar
Charles Stanley
Adrian Rogers

There are others of course, but these Saints have truely impacted my spiritual walk. Thank you Father for them.

A fellow soldier for our LORD, Jesus Christ.

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Dr. John Ashbrooke

Dr. Mark Minnick

Dr. John McCormick

Dr. Bob Jones Jr on a Sunday morning

Dr. John MacArthur (reading his books)

Pastor Nathan Anderson - my former pastor who studies well and then translates the "deep" stuff into language the whole country congregation could understand.

Those are my adult favorites. As I teen I was inspired by:

Dr. Glen Schunk
Dr. Bud Lyles
Dr. Ron Comfort

L Strickler

Jay's picture

Jimmy Anderson wrote:
I have enjoyed all the lists. Some names I recognize, some not so much. Like, who is this Camping guy? Anyway here are my top five:

Camping is Harold Camping, who just deceived thousands of people with the prophecy that Christ would return on May 21. He is (was?) President of Family Radio International, a chain of radio stations. If you search SI, you should find a couple threads on him and his prophesy.

Camping's name is being thown out as a joke...unless someone wants to admit to enjoying listening to heresy? Any takers out there?

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

Jimmy Anderson's picture

My wife asked me why I put the Camping comment in there. It was just an attempt at a poorly exicuted joke. I would like to think that those that were following this "man's" teachings have returned to the true word of God. Have a blessed day.

A fellow soldier for our LORD, Jesus Christ.

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Jimmy,

I got the joke, and also the joke about Dollar.

He is a cousin to that guy who wrote the book on Fundamentalism right?

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