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Flotsam and jetsam (9/9)

Flotsam and jetsam (8/11)

Flotsam and jetsam (8/5)

Preaching is a two-way street

Yesterday morning at church I listened to a talk. It was interesting. I heard some good stuff about book of James, and I double-checked the pastor on a couple of points he made that seemed a little off. It was nice. But, I didn’t hear a sermon. And I don’t think it was the pastor’s fault.

According to Luther, the preacher has a pretty high calling.

Christ ought to be preached with this goal in mind – that we might be moved to faith in him so that he is not just a distant historical figure but actually Christ for you and me. In other words, the purpose of preaching is to make what is said about Christ effectual in us. (Martin Luther, The Freedom of a Christian (Fortress 2008), 69).

As I was reflecting on this, I was struck again by the fact that those hearing a sermon have an equally high calling. If the preacher’s role is to present the word of God in such a way that Christ becomes effectual in us, then we who are listening need to hear it that way. The responsibility goes both ways.

Flotsam and jetsam (6/9)

  • C. Michael Patton asks “How Theologically Diverse Should Your Church Be?” Specifically, he’s asking his readers to consider not just what should be included in a church doctrinal statement, though that’s related, but more specifically, how much theological diversity we should intentionally strive for in our churches.
  • Inhabitatio Dei features a multi-authored post on the Kingdom-World-Church relationship. The general argument is that we need abandon ecclesiocentric models that prioritize the church over the world, but should instead see the church as an aspect of God’s eschatological purposes for the world. There’s been quite a bit of discussion on this one that is also worth reading.
  • Colin Hansen explains his concerns about comedy in the pulpit. If nothing else, this one is good for pointing out that someone actually gave a seminar for preachers on “Ten Commandments of stand-up comedy.”
  • Allen Yeh offers a nice epilogue on the Edinburgh 2010 conference. Most helpful were his comments on some of the “glaring gaps” in the conference and a couple of “prophetic” moments.
  • And, I’m sure that Galileo will be very happy to hear that his fingers are now on display in Florence.

LeBron-ocentric preaching

Thanks to Pat for pointing out this video clip (HT SI.com). In this video, a pastor in South Carolina offers a reflection on how LeBron James can serve as a shining example for people everywhere. And, in the process, he models what is so clearly missing in the pulpits of America today: LeBron-ocentric preaching. If we just focused more on the Chosen One, all would be well in the world.

If for some reason this did not satisfy your appetite for LeBron-ocentric preaching, you can see the rest of the sermon here, here, and here.