Why Aren’t the Reformed Wise?

One reason is our refusal to look at the situation we’re in. Again, citing the sufficiency/power/what-you-like, we often proudly refuse to lift a finger to help the lost, preach with clarity, strategize for mission, or otherwise do anything to shake ourselves out of traditionalism or passivity. We downplay “techniques” and “strategies” for the contemporary situation […]

No More Channel-Flipping Sermons.

Sermons should not feel like channel flipping. One text here, one text there, one text over there. Citing 20 verses in a sermon does not an expositional sermon make. Just the opposite. If it’s narrative, it should feel like a story. If it’s dialectical, it should feel like an argument. If it’s poetic, it should […]

Don’t Speak. Say.

There’s a sense in which you don’t understand anything until you concretize it. There’s a sense in which you’re not saying anything until you concretize it. If I say “Place”, I’m not saying much. If I say “Victorian style home on Michigan Avenue in Chicago,” I’m saying more. In communicating, strive for the concrete. “Climb […]

Three Ways Not to Respond to Culture

Over-simplistic perhaps, but a helpful hand-guide I use with students: Retreat – We can’t run away from the world. It would be like getting a prom dress but only wearing it in your closet. We’re clothed with Jesus to show off: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for […]

ScribblePreach Awards 01.07.2016

From the Pub: On Fairy Stories Against the idea that fairy stories are merely an escape: “Evidently we are faced by a misuse of words, and also by a confusion of thought. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he […]

Postmodernism Isn’t All Wrong.

We protestants don’t need a full-throated rejection of postmodernism. Postmodernism, as the term implies, is “over modernism.” Well Amen to that. Who liked modernism? Do we really see Biblical warrant for an unbiased, unlimited rationality belonging to the human race? That’s a failure to see our sin. Postmodernism is right: sin makes communication impossible, or […]

Is the Bible Corrupt?

This question could be taken from different angles, but try this: The culture surrounding the Bible makes it unlikely to be corrupt. Think of the constitution. We revere it. Every word matters. We don’t even consider it divine. It’s unlikely to me that 500 years from now, we’ll have a corrupt version of the constitution […]

ScribblePreach Awards 12.17.2016

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ScribblePreach Awards 12.10.2016

From the Pub: The Unconscious Dogma “The special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. It says, in mockery of old devotees, that they believed without knowing why the believed. But the moderns believe without knowing what they believe – and without even […]