Preaching/Teaching


The Rev. Jason Stellman, an erstwhile Calvary Chapel church planter and contributor to The Blog Of Which We Do Not Speak and current minister in good standing with the Presbyterian Church in America, has written a short but very spot-on critique of the whole “we gotta contextualize the Gospel” mindset here.

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There are guys who really dig Andy Stanley.

I am emphatically not one of them.

I’ve never dug his whole “one point preaching” thing which assumes (among other things) that Christians (or at least, non-seminary-graduated-pastor-types) are idiots who need to have Biblical truth premasticated for them and spoon-fed in only the gentlest, most non-challenging way possible.

Ergh.

Ed Stetzer recently interviewed Andy on his blog (thanks for the heads-up, Brian)

Guys that preach verse-by-verse through books of the Bible– that is just cheating. It’s cheating because that would be easy, first of all. That isn’t how you grow people. No one in the Scripture modeled that. There’s not one example of that.

Yeah.  Not one example.

Like, for instance, not Nehemiah.

Look, Andy…we don’t see very many examples of “one point preaching,” either.  And…?

V-B-V isn’t the only way to teach the Word; it is however an amazingly effective way.

Contrary to what Andy says. “That isn’t how you grow people.”

…darn.  And here I thought that people were growing just fine in expositionally focused churches and movements like Calvary Chapel, Acts 29, Harvest Bible Chapel, Johnny Mac and Grace Community, and others.  Darn those pesky facts getting in the way and blowing up a perfectly good baseless assertion!  Darn them to heck!

I honestly don’t know why anybody takes this guy seriously – oh, no, wait, I do…he’s a chief Growthinista.  For the Growthinista, apparent results in the nickels-‘n’-noses department trumps all.  Alrighty; allow me to revise and extend my remarks.  I honestly don’t know why anybody who self-identifies with one of the aforementioned expositionally focused churches and movements likes this guy.

Seriously.

Another gem from Andy:

All Scripture is equally inspired, but not all Scripture is equally applicable or relevant to every stage of life.

Oy.

Apparently, all Scripture isn’t in fact profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, or instruction in righteousness; to be thoroughly equipped unto every good work, the man of God had to wait nearly 2000 years for the Lord to finally and graciously raise up Cap’n One-Point-Preachin’.

Give me multiple-point preachin’ Spurgeon any day over this character.

Again: Why does anybody take this guy seriously…?

Just got done – finally – listening to Tim Chaddick’s workshop session on the ECM. I was very deeply impressed with it; both since Tim’s very Emerging in many ways (in the good ways), and very knowledgable RE: the ECM, and since he and the two other speakers (Britt Merrick and Brian Brodersen) were very fair and balanced – took great pains to point out that:

  1. You’ve got to be really super duper careful about making any blanket statements about the ECM – you have to take each author/speaker/personality as an individual
  2. Even with the nutjobs like Brian “Orthodoxy Schmorthodoxy!” MacLaren and Rob “Jesus’ Dad Was Larry!” Bell, there’s a lot of guys in the ECM who are actually quite good (my personal favorite, Mark “Blankety-Blank” Driscoll earned an honorable mention a few times during the session by all three presenters).

It was so good, I’m making the MP3 available to the Servanthood here on the Lakeshore – it really is the best short-format treatment on the subject that I’ve encountered.

While dealing very clearly and very firmly & decisively with the problematic and outright heterodox issues with the EmergENT side of the ECM, the tenor remained fair, balanced, even-handed, non-sensational…and just plain good.

If you weren’t able to make it to the conference, you need to give Tim’s session a listening-to.

Okay, I don’t care who you are…THIS is funny…


HT: Vee @ Living Journey

Found this article while surfing this morning, watching my boy while my lovely & gracious wife prepares for the day…

The Stand To Reason dudes review a book that sounds awfully interesting: Why We’re Not Emergent (by Two Guys Who Should Be).

I must get this book.

I find this fascinating. I’m not ready to do this on a regular basis on a Sunday morning – this is a lot more along the lines of what we used to (and will again, once interest in it grows again) do in home fellowships…but it’s sort of what we’re still able to do at CC Lakeshore on occasion being that we’re not much bigger than a typical home fellowship anyway, when I’ll ask questions of the congregation during the study – with the purpose of actually getting answers – for the purpose of encouraging real interaction with the Text.

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