Friday, April 22, 2005

Lots of discussion on preaching

These days it's good to see some of my favorite bloggers posting on preaching. Among them are Peter Bogert, John Telfer Brown, Dan Edelen, J. A. Gillmartin, John Schroeder, and Adrian Warnock (and we know it must be a popular topic when Mick Porter takes up the subject). David Wayne has once again offered some good reminders in "The Power of Spirit-Less Preaching." The power of preaching, he asserts, comes not from the preacher's own power (even his Spiritual power), but from the Word itself:

It is true that preachers need to be prayed up and Spirit-filled, but I think the reason for this is not so much to make the preacher more effective in and of himself, but simply to make him more effective as a conduit for the clear proclamation of the Word of God. If a preacher's message is powerful, its not because he himself is so powerful and Spirit-filled, it is because the Word of God came through loud and clear.

The good news of this is that no preacher ever comes to the pulpit without carrying a heavy weight of sin with him. Even on his best day, the most Spirit and unction-filled preacher has enough sin in his heart to disqualify him from the Spirit's blessing. But, if it is the Word of God he is preaching, if it is Christ he is preaching, the Spirit will attend that Word about Christ, even in spite of the preacher's sinful heart.

That's good news indeed.


Blogger John said...

Milton, thanks for the link and the encouragement, I really enjoyed reading the other guys posts, they are excellent! Thanks once more for directing us to these blogs.


9:49 PM, April 22, 2005  
Blogger John Schroeder said...

Thanks for staying up on the Milt.

I linked here

10:13 AM, April 23, 2005  
Blogger pete porter said...

Milton, one more log on the fire. I know of a man that the Lord told to preach. He preached to a small group, and stammered, and couldn't say what he was tring to, so he was flustrated and went into another room. While in there complaining to the Lord that he was no preacher, one by one the people came to him and told of being touched by the Lord. Some were healed. It looks like obedience is the victory!
Be Blessed,

12:02 PM, April 23, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thank you, John B., for keeping preaching at the forefront, and for your continued support here. Peace.

2:41 PM, April 23, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thank you, John S. Thanks for the link to your latest post on preaching.

2:47 PM, April 23, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Obedience is the victory... I like the sound of that!

2:47 PM, April 23, 2005  
Blogger Dan Edelen said...


Thank you for including me in that esteemed group of bloggers! I only hope I can keep up with them.

(BTW, I added Transforming Sermons to my blogroll so my readers can check out your excellent blog for themselves.)


3:05 PM, April 23, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Keeping up? You're leading the way on worship services and men! And thanks much for adding me to your blogroll. Peace.

3:08 PM, April 23, 2005  
Blogger J. A. Gillmartin said...

Milton -

Your linked again at The CRIB

12:36 AM, April 25, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, John, for keeping the conversation moving and inter-linked. Peace.

7:44 AM, April 25, 2005  

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