Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ready to sweat?

Erik Raymond encourages preachers to sweat out the text:
. . . the preacher is one who has worn out a path to the throne of grace petitioning for the hearts of his people to ‘get it’. The preacher is convinced of the urgency and power of the message; he really believes that what he is about to say is exactly what God wants these people to hear; therefore, it is the most important thing in the world for them to attend to at that very moment.

To put it simply: the preacher is the one who has personally bought the importance of the text, prayerfully applied it to himself and then, convinced of its importance, wants to deliver it to the congregation.
That sounds right. And thanks to Borrowed Light for the link.


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