Get Lost Baldy. I Ain't Buying What You're Selling
"The preacher's personality cannot be eliminated from the preaching situation, and what he appears to be is a part of what he communicates--necessarily, inescapably, willy-nilly, and for better or for worse. So the preacher must speak as one who himself stands under the authority of his message and knows the reality and power of which he speaks; otherwise the impact of his personality will reduce the credibility of his proclamation, just as a man's baldness would reduce the credibility of any sales pitch he might make as a purveyor of hair restorer. The committed personality is in this sense integral to God's message, for God uses it to communicate his own reality as his messenger speaks. But for fullest awareness of the messenger's committedness we need to have him confront os in a 'live' preaching situation; 'canned' preaching on a tape, and 'stage' preaching on TV, and 'embalmed' preaching in the form of printed sermons are all unable to communicate this awareness to the same degree. Thus the need fro preaching 'live' remains the great as it was nineteen centuries ago. It is still supremely through preaching, that is, through the impact on us of the message and the messenger together, that God meets us, and makes Himself and His saving grace known to us."
J. I. Packer in The Preacher and Preaching, pages 16-17.
01.04.12 Update: Alison Krause said something similar in an interview she did with Tavis Smiley (I posted it on Twitter): "If you believe it, people respond to it."
I've probably lost my ever-loving mind posting on such an issue.
This has been, for many, a very contentious and discouraging election season. Families have been at odds, friends find themselves in pitched battles with one another and Facebook comments between Christians have seen an exceeding number of exclamation points and angry face emoticons.
However, regardless of the vote you cast and for whom, we should not be divided as friends, families and fellow Christians. Let me make my case by laying out four categories of voters (there are probably more, but work with me). These categories, in my view, are legitimate reasons to cast your vote (or not) for whoever you think you should cast your vote for.
If that is the case, Christian charity (patience, grace, love) compels us to understand one another.
It is an opportunity to listen to one another with humility. We may disagree, but that disagreement should not be a barrier in our relationship (or, even worse, destroy them).
Ephesians 4:11-14 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (ESV)
In the last couple of months, I've heard of the death of a couple of influential professors. The tributes I read reminded me of how God has blessed His church with these men. I began to think about the teachers and professors who have influenced me.
And then I read a post recently from someone who graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS). What he wrote about WTS was foreign to me. He admitted it was based on "his experience" but it was full of char…
We believe that corporate worship is the most important gathering we take part in each week. So we want to encourage the members of Grace Community Presbyterian Church to prepare to worship together every week.
In a previous post I gave the reasons why we want to make our order of service available a few days before we gather on the Lord's Day to worship. We provide links to our order of service on Facebook and Twitter and those links take you to this page, where a pdf of our bulletin can be accessed.
A member of our church had the genius idea of taking each week's order of service and building a playlist of the hymns we will be singing that week. The response has been very encouraging. Families are playing the playlist while they eat dinner, it becomes the music they play as they are running errands or exercising. One mom told me that her children look forward to the playlist each week. These playlists are available on YouTube and we also provide links to each playlist each …