Powerful speakers or faithful preachers?

February 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

There seems to be no end of seminars, tape series or books that are guaranteed to make me a better preacher.  I regularly receive emails with enticing subject titles like “Preach sermons that will move your people!” “Preach with power” and “Is your preaching changing lives?”

No preacher wants to believe that his sermons are without power, and no congregation desires a preacher who does not trust that God will use his preaching in powerful ways.  People have a high expectation of their pastors when it comes to preaching, and rightly so.  They want to “show him off” when friends or family visit, they want him to make the Bible “come alive” when they bring unchurched friends; and, in between, they want him to hit “home runs” every week.  In short, they want him to be a dynamic, powerful speaker who makes sitting for half an hour worth it. « Read the rest of this entry »


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