Woe to you Padres and Chaplains…

Matthew 23:1–36 (NMV - Nathan’s Modified Version) Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 'The Padres and Chaplains sit in Christ's office so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they claim to preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay … Continue reading Woe to you Padres and Chaplains…

David F. Wells on Preaching…

'Preaching is not a conversation, a chat about some interesting ideas. It is not the moment in which postmoderns hear their own private message in the biblical words, one unique to each one who hears, and then go their own way. No! This is God speaking! He speaks through the stammering lips of the preacher where that person’s mind is on the text of Scripture and the heart is in the presence of God. God, as Luther put it, lives in the preacher's mouth. This is the kind of preaching that issues a summons, that nourishes the soul, that draws the congregation into the very presence of God so that no matter what aspect of his character, his truth, or his working in this world is in focus, we leave with awe, gratitude, encouragement, and sometimes a rebuke. We have been in the very presence of God! That is what great preaching always accomplishes.' From The Courage to be … Continue reading David F. Wells on Preaching…

‘Recovering the directory of public worship on preaching’ – Chris Gordon

'When the subject of preaching is addressed today, we are accustomed to asking only about the faithfulness of the message, but we avoid, almost altogether, the question of effectiveness. If T. David Gordon is at all correct, 'that less than 30 percent of those who are ordained to the Christian ministry can preach even a … Continue reading ‘Recovering the directory of public worship on preaching’ – Chris Gordon