Yawning at the Word – Reflections on Preaching and Worship

I just finished reading an excellent article written by Charles Wood in his recent mass e-mail, the Woodchuck’s Den.  I’ve enjoyed reading his thoughts and this one was especially worth passing on to you, my faithful blog readers.  I was going to ask permission to re-post it here, but my blogging “friend” Dan Burrell [I doubt he knows me from a hole in the wall] beat me to it.  So instead of posting, I will link to it.  By the way, Dan’s blog is also worth your time to read through.

Here’s an excerpt:

From time to time I come upon an article or lengthy quotation that doesn’t rally fit into what I am dealing with at that particular time.  I usually copy such into an internet file for later use.  I was going through that file recently when I came upon an article so compelling that I felt I needed to take time – right now – to deal with it.  The source is self-explanatory but not really what one would expect from someone associated with that particular publication.

“It is well and good for the preacher to base his sermon on the Bible, but he better get to something relevant pretty quickly, or we start mentally to check out.” That stunningly clear sentence reflects one of the most amazing, tragic, and lamentable characteristics of contemporary Christianity — an impatience with the Word of God.

The sentence above comes from Mark Galli, senior managing editor of Christianity Today in an essay entitled “Yawning at the Word.” In just a few hundred words, he captures the tragedy of a church increasingly impatient with and resistant to the reading and preaching of the Bible. We may wince when we read him relate his recent experiences, but we also recognize the ring of truth.

As Mark Galli notes: It has been said to the point of boredom that we live in a narcissistic age, where we are wont to fixate on our needs, our wants, our wishes, and our hopes—at the expense of others and certainly at the expense of God. We do not like it when a teacher uses up the whole class time presenting her material, even if it is material from the Word of God. We want to be able to ask our questions about our concerns, otherwise we feel talked down to, or we feel the class is not relevant to our lives.  It is well and good for the preacher to base his sermon on the Bible, but he better get to something relevant pretty quickly, or we start mentally to check out. Don’t spend a lot of time in the Bible, we tell our preachers, but be sure to get to personal illustrations, examples from daily life, and most importantly, an application that we can use.

Please go and read the article in its entirety here – http://www.danburrell.com/?p=939


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