Monday, August 01, 2005

Stop trying to be good already!

Odyssey continues to offer great posts on preaching. Chris Erdman now offers this post on how to be good (at preaching):
The best way to be a really good preacher is by not trying to be good at all. If you’re going to be good, you must put being good out of your mind. Trying to be good has at best produced some silly caricatures of preaching. At worst, trying to be good is an alluring Siren that has caused many a preacher to crash on the rocks of ambition. You are not sent by the Lord Jesus to be good. That said, I’ve no doubt that you can be good so long as you’re aiming in that direction.

Why is trying to be a good preacher the wrong approach? Read Chris's article and find out.


Blogger Matthew Self said...

My dad always wanted to be Jimmy Swaggart. He was disappointed to learn God already had one, didn't need another one.

6:08 PM, August 01, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

He did, did he? Well... maybe that explains why Matt is the way he is (or maybe not) :-)

6:44 AM, August 02, 2005  
Blogger Dan Edelen said...


Just today I posted on being humble. Last night when I was thinking about the post, all sorts of clever ideas came to mind, each one more vitriolic than the last. I posted that post with all my best lines intact.

Only later did I realize that my own cleverness with a phrase had accomlished the exact opposite of my intentions. I had to go back and change that entry eight times. Pride can certainly corrupt us men, can't it?

12:38 AM, August 03, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

It sure can.

10:27 AM, August 03, 2005  

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