Friday, July 11, 2008

Thoughts on Preaching

"Preaching is not the proclamation of a theory, or the discussion of a doubt. A man has a perfect right to proclaim a theory of any sort, or to discuss his doubts. But that is not preaching. 'Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any. Keep your doubts to yourself; I have enough of my own,' said Goethe. We are never preaching when we are hazarding speculations. Of course we do so. We are bound to speculate sometimes. I sometimes say: 'I am speculating; stop taking notes.' Speculation is not preaching. Neither is the declaration of negations preaching. Preaching is the proclamation of the Word, the truth as the truth has been revealed."
-G. Campbell Morgan

"Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire"
-Martyn Lloyd-Jones

2 comments:

Erik said...

Oh how we need more Lloyd-Jones in the pulpit today! My, my, my...how preaching has fallen on hard times. Powerpoint presentations, jokes, stories, drama, movieclips, testimonies...ANYTHING but the Word of God being preached. May God raise up more Lloyd-Jones who have passion in their voice while they PROCLAIM the cross of Christ.

Tom said...

"The preaching of the Word of God from the pulpit is not window dressing in the church. It's foundational to everything we are and everything we're about."
- Jeff Noblit