Thursday, May 2, 2013

Digging Down Deep

“Indeed, if a text is regarded as the Word of God, it takes on depths of meaning and beauty and dimensions of such fullness as the human mind cannot fully grasp. The preacher who digs below the surface of a text to explore it depths will soon end up in the predicament of having more material than the sermon can contain…And how helpful is this depth-probing of a text. Nothing will do more to help one become a solid and enriched biblical theologian. Superficial preaching on biblical generalities is profoundly detrimental to the preacher.  The congregation gets little spiritual nourishment, and the preacher does not grow in an understanding of the Word.” James Daane in Preaching with Confidence

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8