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some good questions

Here is Joe Thorn's response to an article he posted earlier on his blog. Thorn asks some very good, pointed questions...

I imagine Sjogren would agree with this, but his encouragement to primarily rely on the words of others, not for understanding, but even in communicating, seems to miss the real power and effectiveness behind preaching. How does this not imply that God cannot use the common man? How does this not undermine one’s confidence in the word while calling us to trust in lofty speech and the wisdom of men?

Should we conclude that the “ministry of the word” to which we must devote ourselves does not involve real study, but primarily the use of a script? Where does the passion of a preacher come from if his messages are not his own? Are we to expect that what God is teaching Rick Warren and those at his church is the same thing he wants to teach our church 2000 miles away in a completely different context? How does this not encourage laziness? How does this not discourage the young preacher whose gifts are still developing? And if one does opt to use another’s sermons, wouldn’t this retard his own development? Wouldn’t this eventually rob the church even of those men we are all supposed to be imitating?

...People want to hear preachers who have something to say and believe what they say. We need experientially targeted, theologically established, words of grace to emanate from our pulpits that exalt Christ, and in doing so showing the way of redeemed humanity. We need men who are earnest in the pulpit, who love their people, who proclaim law and Gospel, who call us to repentance, who draw our hearts and minds to God in doxology. And I believe the path to such a place is walked as preachers spend time in the word, in the study, on their knees.

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