Sunday, July 15, 2007

In his masterful work, Preaching and Preachers, Martin Lloyd Jones says that a "dull preacher is a contradiction in terms" (87). He spends a great deal of time in the chapter on "The Act of Preaching" in that preaching must be passionate, urgent, powerful, prayerful, vibrant, serious and the like.

Just one quote is worthy of reflection:

"What is preaching? Logic in fire! Eloquent reason! Are these contradictions? Of course they are not. Reason concerning this Truth ought to be mightily eloquent, as you see it in the case of the Apostle Paul and others. It is a theology on fire. And a theology which does not take fire, I maintain, is a defective theology; or at least the man's understanding of it is defective. Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A true understanding and experience of the Truth must lead to this. I say again that a man who can speak about these things dispassionately has no right whatsoever to be in a pulpit; and should never be allowed to enter one" (97).

Amen!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see you're still on East Coast time, Geoff. Wasn't expecting you to be able to post quite this soon!

Having heard you preach several times now, I can tell you that you are "flame on" when you step into the pulpit, open your mouth and speak the words that God has given to you.

- Jill the MIL

Anonymous said...

Good post, Geoff!

I am reminded of Jeremiah 23...

28 ...let him who has my word speak my word faithfully.... 29 Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

And Jeremiah 20...

9 If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.

Love,

Dad

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