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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Preaching: The Good, the Bad, & the Vapid

Thanks to John H over at Confessing Evangelical for pointing this out. It's another whopper post from Mere Comments of Touchstone. And I will long be grateful for that wonderful snippet from George Herbert.

As a parish pastor who routinely preaches at least once a week, often more frequently, I will say that preaching proper sermons is always a challenge. I would even say that sermon preparation is about 90% of what I do. Oh, don't misunderstand, I visit the shut-ins, teach catechism and attend meetings too. But the more I do this, the more I find that all of that is sermon preparation as well in the sense that it prepares the preacher - if that makes any sense.

The pastor is called to construct faithful, biblical, Christ-centered, Law/Gospel sermons which are skillfully applied to the hearers. But the longer I preach, the more I believe it is important to do the above in a way that people can actually comprehend. Correctness is often easier to achieve that clarity.

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