Monday, April 21, 2008

The Role of the Preacher

In a recent conversation that I had with a friend he was lamenting to me about the lack of "weightier" issues being addressed from his church's pulpit. A few hours later I re-read the following quote by Piper, from The Supremacy of God in Preaching, and thought it was particularly helpful in addressing this disheartening reality:

"God himself is the necessary subject matter of our preaching, in his majesty and truth and holiness and righteousness and wisdom and faithfulness and sovereignty and grace. And by that I don't mean we shouldn't preach about nitty-gritty practical things like parenthood and divorce and AIDS and gluttony and television and sex. What I mean is that every one of those things should be swept right up into the holy presence of God and laid bare to the roots of its Godwardness or godlessness. It is not the job of the Christian preacher to give people moral or psychological pep talks about how to get along in the world. When that is needed, someone else can do it. But most of our people have no one, on one in the world, to tell them, week in and week out, about the supreme beauty and majesty of God. And so many of them are starved..."

John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching, (Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2004) 15.

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