Archive for April, 2009

Pastors as theologians

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 2:43 pm

One of the most lamentable developments of the last several centuries has been theology’s transformation into an academic discipline more associated with the university than the church. In the earliest eras of the church, and indeed throughout the annals of Christian history, the central theologians of the church were its pastors.

These developments have caused great harm to the church, separating ministry from theology, preaching from doctrine, and Christian care from conviction. In far too many cases, the pastor’s ministry has been evacuated of serious doctrinal content, and many pastors seem to have little connection to any sense of theological vocation. All this must be reversed if the church is to remain true to God’s Word and the gospel. Unless the pastor functions as a theologian, theology is left in the hands of those who, in many cases, have little or no connection or commitment to the local church.He is Not Silent, pp.105, 106, by Al Mohler

Our doctrine is important. Our practice is based upon our doctrine. If we forget the doctrine, the practice will soon follow.

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by gahammerle

Wee little morality sermons

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 2:35 pm

That to tendency to isolate our sermons to one tiny piece of biblical text is a major problem, and it also explains why so much evangelical preaching is moralistic. It is easy to pick out a familiar story, make a few points from it about what people should and should not do, and then be done with it. But that kind of preaching will leave a church weak and starving, because the Christians who sit under it never find themselves in the big story of God’s work in the world. If we as preachers want to see our people growing to maturity in Christ, we must give them more than a diet of wee little morality sermons. We must place every text we preach firmly within the grand, sweeping story of the Bible.He is Not Silent, pp. 89-90, by Al Mohler

Christians are starving. We need to hear what each text of scripture says about the struggle between Satan and the seed of the woman, and how Christ has won the victory. Moral lessons don’t feed. Only Christ is the bread that feeds us.

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by gahammerle