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Thank you preacher- that was boring, uninspired, obscure and moralistic [repost]

Of course the words they use are 'faithful', 'clear', 'helpful' and 'challenging'.

But we all know what they mean.

By the way - when did 'faithful' become a synonym for boring?

I want to be understood on this point - whenever I advocate gospel-alone evangelism - that is not a licence for boring preaching.  There are illegitimate solutions to boring preaching of course.  These involve taking a shallow gospel understanding and dressing it up with rhetorical flourish and cultural references.  No - that's not the solution.

But still, boring preaching is a big problem.  Because Jesus is not boring.  So how do we address this?

Go deeper with the gospel.  Be more obsessed with that counter-intuitive word of the cross.  Because this truly evangelical theology (which alone can make sense of the world) will speak into the world radically, surprisingly, provocatively.

If we’re not radical, surprising and provocative – we’re not just being ‘boring’, we’re also being ‘unfaithful’.

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3 thoughts on “Thank you preacher- that was boring, uninspired, obscure and moralistic [repost]

  1. Pingback: Thank you preacher- that was boring, uninspired, obscure and moralistic [repost] – evangelismofthegospelblogs

  2. Steve Martin

    Death...and life.

    Seems interesting to me.

    Unless one happens to be into religious ladder climbing and becoming a "better Christian".

    The talk of death, and new life might be very boring. "Give me the handbook on Christian living so I can get busy!"

  3. childcare yorba linda

    Really interesting words.All the words have the meaning depend on the how we can take.Its upon our mind that how can we see to that particular situation when we are talking about the Jesus.Because i don't think any small thing about that Higher power is boring or what.

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