The Expositionalogistix blog has a good post on the benefits and importance of preaching hard texts in the Bible. In sum, four reasons to preach hard texts are identified to which i would add a fifth.
- Those texts are in the Scriptures!
- For all the talk about our people despising authority, I believe they are looking for solid ground on which to stand.
- People, especially Christians, long to be dealt with honestly.
- People feel patronized when pastors fail to deal with a text or issue.
- Hard texts challenge us spiritually and intellectually, forcing us to consider afresh God and the whole council of Scripture.