An Interview With Arturo G. Azurdia III

mug_obj_201504031822502468.jpgGD: Howdy Art Azurdia, and welcome to Exiled Preacher. Please tell us slightly about yourself. AA: Effectively, I’m 48 years previous and have been married for 26 Lori and that i are the proud parents of two kids (Katherine Suzanne—17, Jonathan Edward—15), both of whom bring great delight to our lives! For 24 years I was engaged in pastoral ministry: 5 years as an affiliate (working with college students), and 19 years as a preaching pastor. I'm now the Affiliate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Church Ministry at a terrific establishment in Portland, Oregon (USA)—Western Seminary—a theological college that possesses a decidedly strong commitment to reformation and revival. My interests include film (my favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird), literature (Wendell Berry and Chaim Potok, particularly), baseball, and the music of Arturo Sandoval. GD: Who has taught you most of what it means to preach the Phrase of God?

background-3404345__340.jpgAA: It’s troublesome for me to scale back it to at least one man, because a number of have had strategic influence on me at numerous stages of my improvement. Shortly after I was converted it was the preaching of John MacArthur that had such a formative influence on my life. He evidenced (and nonetheless does!) such a thoroughgoing confidence within the Scripture, and the required corollary which suggests that one of the principal goals of preaching is to be relentlessly faithful to textual content itself. It was a man named Jim Andrews who first awakened me to the significance of a sermon’s construction and delivery. In the final ten or twelve years, nonetheless, the single most influential preaching mentor in my life has been Dr. Edmund P. Clowney. He taught me that the entirety of the Bible is Christian Scripture, and that preaching isn’t altogether Christian till it displays the influence of the Gospel. In fact, my all-time favourite e book on preaching is Preaching and Preachers by Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I long to incarnate everything he says a preacher ought to be and do.

After all, each week I really feel like I fall miserably short. GD: I might actually need to agree with you on the worth Lloyd-Jones' ebook on preaching. Now, what needs to be the main aim in training males for the pastoral ministry? AA: Given the present evangelical scene within the USA—my greatest task is to steer men that the Gospel should never be assumed but relentlessly utilized to all of life. We desperately need males of courage who will passionately and winsomely declare the glories of Jesus Christ every week. At the identical time, we want men of real piety whose pastoral leadership will categorical itself, unapologetically, by means of the instrumentality of prayer somewhat than via the everyday pastoral approach that panders after the newest schemes, fads, and gimmicks. I have to convince men that as pastors they must be theologians, firstly . GD: What ought to be the connection between preaching and systematic theology?

AA: Effectively, it is a bit of a tough query for me. On the one hand, I very much enjoy the discipline of systematic theology, and my preaching is considerably informed by it. In reality, at Western Seminary I crew-teach the concluding systematic theology course. In our day of widespread biblical illiteracy—and I’m talking about individuals in churches—it is the recovery of the connection between preaching and biblical theology that is most GD: Kevin Vanhoozer is perhaps making an attempt emphasise the same level in his The Drama of Doctrine, where he attempts to "make the pastoral lamb lie down with the theological lion". Who had the greatest affect on your theological development? AA: Once more, it is very difficult for me to scale back this to one explicit individual—I have so many theological heroes/mentors. Let me provide you with an inventory: John Calvin, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, B. B. Warfield, Edmund P. Clowney, D. A. Carson, Sinclair Ferguson, Anthony Hoekema, Donald Bloesch. After all, it have to be acknowledged that these varied males (and plenty of others) have affected me in different ways, for different causes, and to completely different ends.

GD: What do you imply by Spirit Empowered Preaching? AA: I imply a type of preaching that possesses a vitality from one other world—a readability, authority, immediacy, and efficacy that is authored by the Spirit of God. GD: How may we search God's empowering presence in preaching? AA: Firstly, we'd like to connect our preaching purpose to that of the Holy Spirit’s purpose. His intention is to glorify Jesus Christ by way of the means of the Scriptures—the Christocentric Scriptures. Due to this fact, I must be resolutely wedded to His intention within the sacred textual content: explaining the text in its context, applying the textual content as was initially designed, and displaying its inner-canonical connections which can lead me to Jesus Christ. Secondly, we need to pray for that which solely the Spirit can provide: potency to remodel the human heart. Thirdly, we have to be prepared to endure. Because the apostolic pattern appears to point that God’s power is perfected in weakness. Are we keen to be weak so there are not any opponents for glory when God does what only He can do? Beyond this, after all, we should remember that Spirit is sovereign.