This is a great look at preaching today, all the way back from from John Calvin, to A.W. Tozer, and on to John MacArthur who is quoted as saying “Worship services in many churches today are like a merry-go-round. You drop a token in the collection box; it is a good ride.” For an in-depth look at the history of preaching and what it means for our churches today, check out this article called “The Centrality of Preaching,” it is well worth the read.
By Pastor Tom Lyon of Providence Reformed Baptist Church of University Place,Washington
Preaching has fallen on hard times. The great Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, wrote: “At the present day there are many who are well-nigh sickened by the very name of preaching, because there are so many stupid, ignorant men who blurt out their worthless brain waves from the pulpit.” That was 450 years ago! Today not only has preaching been decentralized, but the greater part of what is called “preaching” no longer deserves to be at the center. This has created a vacuum and few have raised a voice while a Pandora’s Box of replacements has rushed in to fill the void.”
A.W. Tozer said of the danger: “One of the most popular current errors, and the one out of which springs most of the noisy, blustering religious activity in evangelical circles, is the notion that as times change…
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