Gordon Cheng raises this question (HT: Colin Adams) as part of a brief post on a passage from Richard Baxter’s Reformed Pastor. Cheng says, I’ve never really agreed with the evangelical emphasis on preaching, and never quite understood how evangelicals make so . . . Continue reading →
WSC student Mark Vander Pol gets it right.
WSC alumnus Shane Lems in the latest Mod Ref.
“Hey Mikey, he likes it!“
R. C. Sproul addressed the 27th graduating class at WSC. The free audio is online here.
Apparently the same things as troubled evangelical preaching in 1980.
Shane gets us started.
As a teacher in a seminary but as one who does not teach preaching classes—I’m a historian—I see and hear student preachers but I don’t get to do much about it.
Not that preachers are called to spin homely yarns but preaching is a kind of story telling. We have a narrative (the history of redemption) in which people must locate themselves and with which they need to learn to identify. Ira Glass . . . Continue reading →
One of the minor problems with living on the West Coast is that the publishers all seem to be on the East Coast and books seem to get here last. In the meantime we continue to enjoy the sunshine and Kevin’s review . . . Continue reading →
Between the first post and this one I listened to the excellent interview with David at Reformedforum.org. In the first chapter Gordon lays out his case that “Johnny Can’t Preach.” The first line of evidence is anecdotal. His experience (and that of . . . Continue reading →
Part 2. The next section of the book is an analysis of one aspect of the problem: Johnny doesn’t read well. This problem has been diagnosed for many years. I see it frequently. The rise of electronic texts, which is valuable in . . . Continue reading →
Part 3. Another reason Johnny can’t preach is because Johnny can’t write. To make this point Gordon begins with an important survey of the way technological changes have affected communication. We take printed texts for granted. We blithely tell people to “read . . . Continue reading →
Part 4 So far Gordon has focused on the form of preaching. In chapter 4 he turns to questions of content. He says, “…in addition to the cultural matters that have concerned me throughout, I also believe that preaching today almost entirely . . . Continue reading →
Part 5 The situation is not hopeless. In the history of the church, those times when she has prospered are those times when, in the midst of a low point, she has engaged in reflection and self-criticism (95). What is needed here . . . Continue reading →
I took the Sprinter to the second service yesterday and walked a good bit from the station to the service. Along the way I enjoyed two interviews on CTC. The first was a stimulating discussion of textual criticism with Dan Wallace (well, . . . Continue reading →
Sinclair is speaking now, with his customary wit, charm, and insight on the danger of losing heart in pastoral ministry, on the difference between Paul’s conception of the spiritual realities of the ministry and the way ministry is often conceived today. Lord . . . Continue reading →
Brian Cochran has a helpful post on this. Thanks to Kim for the term “Golawspel.” There’s a lot of that going around these days.