Dr. Garry Williams begins a series of posts on ‘The World in the Church’ by considering how our distracted culture influences how we worship, and the nee for us to practice meditating on Scripture.
A great new resource from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate, to help equip and encourage those who teach God’s word. Click on the video below to view the introduction to the series by William Taylor, or click here to visit the Preaching Matters home page.
There’s a helpful blog post here by Brian Hedges on preaching and criticism that should be profitable to both hearers and preachers.
Be careful. It’s dangerous to sit under the ministry of God’s Word with a critical ear. If you don’t watch your heart, you will impoverish your soul. Look for defects in the sermon and you’ll always find them. But don’t develop a critic’s mindset. Instead, come to worship with eyes peeled and ears perked for the Word of the living God.
Take your critics seriously. Almost every criticism contains a germ of truth. Your job is to find it. Maybe you weren’t clear enough. Perhaps the sermon really was too long, or had too much content, or was over people’s heads. Spurgeon once reminded his students that the Lord commissioned Peter to feed his sheep, not giraffes. Whatever the critique, give it some thought. You will learn something.
“Your parishioners listen to other preachers on the radio, watch them on TV and on the Web, and download podcasts to their iPods. Like it or not, you are not the best preacher that your people have listened to this week. Your congregation has compared and contrasted you with the best-known preachers of the day . . . People in the pews want the electronic perfection projected by the religious superstars of our day. And we cannot give it to them. The electronic media have made it easier to compare preachers today than ever before” (Edwards, Deep Preaching, p. 6).
HT Doug Wilson