Resources by David Prince

Dr. David E. Prince, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, KY and Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

May 16, 2016

Why Legalistic Preaching Doesn't Work by David Prince

Legalistic, moralistic preaching exacerbates sin rather than killing it.

Jun 18, 2015

Why Foolishness is Better Than Self-Esteem by David Prince

The question we must all answer is, are we willing to be thought a fool for the sake of Jesus?

Aug 19, 2015

Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People? by David Prince

If people were basically good, Jesus would have had no need to talk of the necessity of repentance for all to avoid perishing.

Jan 17, 2017

Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure in church history we should know more about? by David Prince

We ask David Prince, "Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure in church history we should know more about?"

Sep 19

When Bible Study Goes Wrong by David Prince

The Bible is preoccupied with the Messiah and we must be as well.

Apr 23, 2015

We Need Fools in the Pulpit

The Danger of Sophisticated Ministry

A sophisticated church is a contradiction in terms. We are the non-nobles of a crucified Messiah. The same choice Paul faced is before every preacher today. Are you willing to be a fool for Christ’s sake?

Aug 14, 2018

True Preaching is Indispensable! What is it? by David Prince

God uses most effectively preachers who are given over to the task of proclaiming the word of God with their whole person—holding nothing back.

Jun 20

The Indispensable Value of Christ-Centered Courage by David Prince

You get the story wrong if you don’t see Jesus as the center and the goal. But when you get it right, you understand, as Stephen did, that suffering makes sense.

May 30

The Bondage of Either/Or Spirituality by David Prince

Pride can only bring bondage and discontentment because you do not have the power to compel the world to affirm you on your terms.  ​

Mar 27, 2018

The Battle for a Man's Mind by David Prince

The starting point of a redeemed worldview is knowing the greatest danger to any man exists inside of him, not outside.

Feb 8, 2018

The Accuser or the Advocate? Our Daily Battle by David Prince

Your feeble efforts can add nothing to the finished work of Christ. When Jesus cried “It is finished!” he meant it.

Oct 11, 2018

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

Thoughts on Race and the Evangelical Pulpit

George Cheever was right: God is against slavery and racism, as well as oppression and injustice of every kind, in every age.

Dec 15, 2016

Should Christians Care About the Religious Liberty of Muslims? by David Prince

Christians should defend the religious liberty of other faiths with as much zeal as they defend their own.

May 24, 2015

Repentance As A Lifestyle

A Path To Joy

There is an initial act of faith and repentance at the moment of conversion, but, after that, the process of faith and repentance constitutes a daily discipline—the Christian’s lifestyle—and a path to joy thereafter according to Psalm 32.

Feb 25, 2016

Put Your Whole Person into Your Sermon Prep by David Prince

Preachers should engage in sermon preparation as whole persons, engaging every aspect of their being.

Jun 6

Preaching to Sufferers by David Prince

One deficiency in much contemporary preaching is the failure to proceed with an understanding that we preach as sufferers, to sufferers.

May 13, 2015

Preaching Christ From the Gospels Is Not a No-Brainer by David Prince

The almost universal assumption is that no one has difficulty preaching Christ from the New Testament, especially from the Gospels. But just because your sermon mentions Christ doesn't mean you're preaching Christ.

Nov 28, 2018

Preacher, Feeling Good is Overrated by David Prince

We are involved in cosmic battle, attempting to capture the hearts of men and women for Christ.

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: David Prince

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jul 16, 2015

OK, These Are Crazy Times, But Let's Not Forget Why We're Here by David Prince

Our hope in the face of demonic assault is that the glory of the age to come has already invaded this present evil age in Jesus of Nazareth whose kingdom will not be consummated until the eschaton. The believer must realize that he or she lives in the overlap of the ages

Apr 12, 2018

Men, God’s Control, and Self-Control by David Prince

A man with self-control is not governed by his emotions, but is governed by God and his gospel.

Aug 30, 2018

Interpreting the Bible as Christians—The Supernatural Word by David Prince

The inherent divine, organic unity of the Bible demands that faithful interpreters of the Scriptures recognize the theological coherence of the entire biblical canon.

Nov 25, 2015

In Defense of Christian Happiness by David Prince

"God does not want you to be happy, he wants you to be holy." "It does not matter whether you are happy, as long as you have joy." "Satan wants you to try to be happy, but God wants you to be faithful." Whatever one thinks of this approach in pitting happiness against Christian sanctification, it must be acknowledged that it is a novel perspective among Christians throughout the ages.

May 7

Humble Confidence, Not Self-Love by David Prince

The love of the cross rescues us from an idolatrous love of self. This gospel rescue doesn’t destroy personal confidence; it is the only true ground of it.

Jun 15, 2015

David Prince on the State of Preaching by David Prince

Series: Conversations

We asked Dr. David Prince, "How would you characterize the state of preaching in evangelicalism today?"

Mar 14, 2017

David Prince on the Church and High Impact Sports by David Prince

We asked David Prince, "What should the Christian think about high-impact sports?"

Jun 15, 2015

David Prince on Sports and Children by David Prince

Series: Conversations

FTC.CO asks Dr. David Prince, "What advice would you give parents whose children are active in athletics?"

Nov 8, 2016

David Prince on Sermon Prep by David Prince

We ask David Prince, "What does your sermon preparation look like?"

Jun 15, 2015

David Prince on Gospel-Centered Parental Discipline

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

Series: Conversations

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

Aug 20

David Prince on Ethics and Playing Football by David Prince

Series: Conversations asks David Prince, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and Assistant Professor of Preaching at Southern Seminary, "Does the discovery of CTE make playing football unethical?"​

Jun 15, 2015

David Prince on Christ-Centered Sermons

Why is it important for sermons to be Christ-centered?

Series: Conversations

Why is it important for sermons to be Christ-centered?

Apr 24

David Prince by David Prince

Series: Conversations

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

May 1, 2018

Cruciform Warriors Needed by David Prince

 If we are not willing to suffer for our convictions, then they are not convictions at all, they are conveniences. 

Aug 4, 2015

Christ 'Plus Something' Brings Bondage and Destroys Community by David Prince

The core of every person’s testimony is the exactly the same—grace, which is Christ + nothing.

Jun 25, 2015

Christians and Culture

Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and The Great Commission

If it were true that direct gospel ministry and Bible reading are all that matter, that would mean that we waste most of our lives in the meaningless daily stuff of ordinary living.

Jul 12

Are Your Church Staff Meetings a Waste of Time? by David Prince

Attention is to be focused on the Lord, the true object of our service, not people pleasing. 

Mar 15, 2018

All Men Need a Band of Gospel Brothers by David Prince

Men today are often drowning is superficial relationships, but do not possesses any genuinely accountable gut-level friendships.

Aug 15

Activate Your Sanctified Imagination by David Prince

Rather than reciprocating proportionally based on what has been done, the way forward for disciples of Christ’s Kingdom is rooted in the grace of Kingdom​.

Sep 11, 2018

4 Simple Ways to Transform Your Church Worship Services by David Prince

We should always want and expect there to be unbelievers present and listening in our services. How does that affect our communciation?