Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Preaching: Folly in another sense

Here's a twist to the term "folly of preaching":
Judging by the condition of the church in the west, preaching - the cornerstone in the life of most communities - is seriously flawed. Outcome based education asks, “what is the result of our learning practices?” The result is that we have a Christian culture indiscernible from the broader culture. Preaching has not formed us as worshipping beings.

In fact.. I don’t believe preaching can possibly accomplish that end.
The quote is from Len Hjalmarson (HT: Unashamed Workman). As much as I believe in preaching, I actually agree with most of what Mr. Hjalmarson has to say, especially about Cartesian individualism. Also, this assessment is spot-on: "We don’t need more teachers, we need more fathers and mentors, people with whom we get face to face and who know us personally." That's why preaching is more than rhetoric; to be effective it depends on the whole scope of ministry.


Anonymous len said...

"to be effective it depends on the whole scope of the ministy" .. right on. It really is a systemic issue, or as Fitch phrased it, "a living body" issue. Thanks Mitch!

2:42 PM, April 24, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Yes it is, and you're quite welcome.

8:00 AM, April 25, 2007  

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