Oct 15, 2010

The Danger of Almost Saying Something

"Recently, I heard about a preacher who "spoke for an hour and said nothing." We need constantly to pray that we might be delivered from the art of almost saying something. A young boy came up to me in church one Sunday morning and said, "Good morning, Stuart. Have you anything of significance to say to us today?" That's a good question that all preachers should either ask themselves or be asked by someone else. To the extent that their sermon is a proclamation of the Word, the answer is an unequivocal yes. Conversely to the extent that man's best ideas are substituted for God's truth, the answer is an unqualified no."

Stuart Briscoe, “Constructing a Sermonic ‘Taj Mahal,’” in Inside the Sermon, ed. Richard Allen Bodey (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1990), 46.


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