Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching by unknow


Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching by unknow

Author:unknow
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Writing
ISBN: 9781567691078
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Amazon: 1567691072
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Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing
Published: 2002-10-30T22:00:00+00:00


I make a distinction between preaching-which involves exhortation, exposition, admonition, encouragement, and comfort-and teaching, which involves the transfer of information. I practice both in my own ministry, and sometimes I obscure the distinction. The students in my seminary classes will testify that sometimes, in the middle of my lectures, when I'm trying to communicate certain doctrines and information about theology, I'll start preaching, because I'm not interested in the mere transfer of information. I want that information not only to get in their heads but in their bloodstreams. In fact, I warn them at the beginning of each course: "Don't think that I'm in this classroom as a professor in a state of neutrality. I'm after your mind and your heart. I hope not only to instruct you, but to persuade you. I want to move you to grasp not only the truth of this content, but also the importance and the sweetness of it, so that you will take it with you for the rest of your lives. It is not my goal simply to transfer information from my brain to your notebook, because learning doesn't take place until it gets in your head and into your life." Likewise, when I preach, I often sprinkle some conceptual education into the content of my sermons. So I have a tendency to skate back and forth across the line between preaching and teaching. However, I've always thought that the primary thing, as Luther understood, that I'm responsible to do as a minister is to teach the people the things of God.



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