Thursday, January 08, 2009

10 Habits of Highly Ineffective Pulpiteers

Michael Jensen has a great post on things that need to disappear:
  1. Merely 'explaining/teaching the Bible' and not preaching the living Word of God. (I think we should ban the phrase 'we are now going to hear the Bible explained'. I don't need it explained. I need it preached.)
  2. Introducing us to the text and not to the issue addressed by the text.*
  3. Providing overelaborate explanations of the biblical-theological background to no great end.
  4. Moralising from the Old Testament.
And six more at The Blogging Parson...
* which is really hard to do, and is one of the many reasons I think Tim Keller is a genius, because he seems to be able to do this one really well.

See also: Michael Jensen's next bookblog HIM: An Introduction, and his excellent post on preaching like Peter Roebuck


  1. This just sounds like a bit of a rant. Why are you giving it airtime Bish?

    Could someone explain what preaching is, or should we just take it on trust?

    Isn't that more of a cultic/authoritarian view of authority?

    I sometimes need something explained and preached. Can't we have both done well?

  2. As much as he'd be flattered at the comparison, I think I spy a typo. I think his name is Michael Jenson, rather than Michael Jesus. Although as Freudian slips go, inadvertantly showing you were thinking about Jesus is pretty good.

  3. Tom - Why? Cos it's my blog and I wanted to...

  4. Yes OF COURSE it's a rant, Tom. What else are blogs for?

    And it is Michael JensEn, Nathan, speaking of typos!