With all of our attempts to appeal to children, young people, and young adults, we've just missed the point and the problem entirely. In many cases, all we've ever given to our children and young adults is a Happy Meal and play time.
Most preaching in evangelical churches today is anemic at best. Many preachers are content to deliver countless series on anything from "7 Steps to a Happy Family," to "5 Laws of a Balanced Budget." After all, people can't listen very long anymore; they have short attention spans. What possible good could come from a dry dissertation on doctrine?
Christmas and Easter do indeed have a lasting and perpetual hold on even the most staunchly evangelical-Protestant hearts and minds. The problem is, there's more to the story of Christ and the gospel than Christmas and Easter.
Amid all the hustle and bustle and the rush toward Easter morning with candy at the ready and hams basted and bound for the oven; do we ever stop to think of the day when the very agent of creation, the Word of the Father whose power created all things and sustains all things was silent in the grave in the person of Jesus Christ?
We live in a, "visual society." A society that values, above all, the sensational, the glorious, and the, "entertaining." So we indeed find it very hard to stomach the notion that God might manifest his glory in simple, common words- but he does just that.
I'm leading a small group study at my church on Sunday morning and recently we've been doing a study on the early Church Fathers based on Dr. Michael Haykin's book, Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church. In preparing to discuss the chapter on the Epistle to Diognetus, I was reminded … Continue reading If you Think Preaching Doctrine is Dry and Lifeless… You’re Doing it Wrong.