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Haddon W. Robinson

Haddon W. Robinson

Haddon W. Robinson served as a discussion leader for the Our Daily Bread Ministries' Discover the Word radio program for many years. With much experience, wisdom, and insight into life, Haddon found it important to enjoy his life and ministry. When he wasn't reading about David in the Bible or enthralled in a Sherlock Holmes mystery, Dr. Robinson taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he was the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Preaching. A native of New York City, Dr. Robinson completed his graduate studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1955), Southern Methodist University (M.A., 1960), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D., 1964). Before going to Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Robinson was president of the Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado, where he had served since 1979. He was on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary where he taught preaching for 19 years. From 1970-79 he was also the General Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society, whose membership is made up of more than 20,000 physicians and dentists. Dr. Robinson was the president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1983) and served on the executive committee for that group of evangelical scholars. Dr. Robinson was editor for the Theological Annual, a contributing editor for Preaching, (a series of taped sermons), a fellow and senior editor for Christianity Today, and occasional contributor for Leadership. He was a prolific writer, having been published in magazines that include Christianity Today, Moody Monthly, and Decision Magazine. He was also editor of PreachingToday.com. He has authored several books: Grief, Biblical Preaching, Biblical Sermons (currently used as text for preaching in 120 seminaries and Bible colleges throughout the world), What Jesus Said About Successful Living, Decision-Making By The Book, Preaching That Makes A Difference, and Trusting The Shepherd, Insights From Psalm 23. Find books by Haddon Robinson

Articles by Haddon W. Robinson

Murphy’s Laws

Murphy’s Laws are observations about life that seem to have the weight of experience behind them. You’ve probably heard this one: “If anything can go wrong, it will.” Here’s another one: “You can’t do just one thing; everything has its consequences.”

A Word From The Wise

James, a “pillar in the early church” (Gal. 2:9), recognized the great destructive power and the danger of an uncontrolled tongue. He was not alone. Men and women in many cultures have warned us about the need to guard our speech. This bit of verse by an unknown writer says it well:

Immortality Breakthrough

Ray Kurzweil is a remarkable scientist and inventor. In a book he coauthored, titled Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough To Live Forever, he contends that science and technology hold the key to immortality. Kurzweil lives on a strict diet enhanced with a regimen of supplements, fully convinced that he will be alive when the immortality breakthrough happens. He is not a crackpot but a respected member of the business community.


In the agony of Psalm 51, David  seems to contradict himself. He exclaims, “You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering” (v.16). Then, two verses later, he says, “You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering” (v.19). Does God want our sacrifices or not?


Sometimes the Christian life boils down to the uncommon expression of common virtues. For example, you would expect that people indwelt by the Spirit of love would be friendly. What a difference practicing that virtue would make in society!


Some days my computer helps me fly like an eagle. Other times, it bogs me down like a hippopotamus. On “eagle days” I’m grateful for my computer. But there are those “hippo days” when I rue the day I bought one.

A Little Perspective

A college student wrote a startling letter to her parents:

A Congress On Hospitality

Let me be the first to summon the church to a National Congress on Hospitality. We could hold it in Minneapolis near the Betty Crocker Kitchens, and perhaps we could borrow the Pillsbury Doughboy as our symbol. After all, there’s some truth to the slogan, “Nothin’ says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven.”

A Living Hope

Life is hard for everybody, but it’s much harder for some than for others. Putting our trust in Christ as our Savior does little to change that. Nothing in the Bible promises us a free pass merely because we are Christ’s followers. In fact, some of our wounds may not heal and some of our deficiencies may not be corrected during our lifetime. They may even get worse. Yet our deformities and weaknesses are only temporary.

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