Too much of the communication that takes place around the pulpits in America is cool and detached from the awesome realities that are at stake. I was recently reminded and convicted by the following quotes related to the awesome responsibility of preaching:
"Preaching is not conversation or teaching; preaching is a heralding of a message. It can be any topic that is then taken into the blazing center of the glory of God. Many people say such belitting things about preaching because they have never heard it [they have] never heard real preaching."
"The mantle of preaching is soaked in the blood of Jesus and singed with the fires of Hell. Are you wearing that mantle?"--John Piper, Taken from a sermon at the 2006 "Together for the Gospel Conference"