May 23, 2008

Preaching Hard Texts

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.
  1. Those texts are in the Scriptures!
  2. For all the talk about our people despising authority, I believe they are looking for solid ground on which to stand.
  3. People, especially Christians, long to be dealt with honestly.
  4. People feel patronized when pastors fail to deal with a text or issue.
  5. Hard texts challenge us spiritually and intellectually, forcing us to consider afresh God and the whole council of Scripture.

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