Preaching in the contemporary English-speaking world--and even in the evangelical and Reformed community--has not been impervious to the negative forces brought to bear on proclamation as a method of evangelism and discipleship. A video-drowned and educationally-challenged culture, and a church bent on accommodating herself to the dominant communication theories of the day, challenge the minister committed to the "foolishness of preaching." He faces significant pressure to truncate and thin out his message, to entertain, to explore alternate media, and even to abandon historic modes of proclamation altogether. Such a milieu is discouraging to the extreme for the preacher (young or old, novice or master) who simply wants to be faithful. In this setting, every encouragement is useful. Indeed, it helps to beat this old drum and remind men that they are not crazy for wanting to remain faithful, to say to them, "Stay at the wheel; hold fast; keep on; don't give up; you're not alone."Emphasis added.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Just wrapped up Fred Sanders' wonderful book on the Trinity The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything. I've just picked up my next book, on preaching, entitled Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching. This quote is from the introduction, written by J. Ligon Duncan III: