Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cold Turkey Time

I think good preachers should be like bad kids. They ought to be naughty enough to tiptoe up on dozing congregations, steal their bottles of religion pills, spirituality pills, and morality pills, and flush them all down the drain. The church, by and large, has drugged itself into thinking that proper human behavior is the key to its relationship with God. What preachers need to do is force it to go cold turkey with nothing by the word of the cross - and then be brave enough to stick around while it goes through the inevitable withdrawal symptoms. But preachers can't be naughty or brave unless they're free of their own need for the dope of acceptance. And they won't be free of their need until they can trust the God who has already accepted them, in advance and deead as doornails, in Jesus.

Capon, Robert Farrar. The Foolishness of Preaching: Proclaiming the Gospel Against the Wisdom of the World. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The preacher should confiscate all the false pills and pronounce a large prescription of the only efficacious pill around; the gos-pill



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