Colin Adams in Edinburgh directed my attention yesterday to an article from David Allis, (who coordinates a network of house churches in New Zealand) slamming preaching. Sometimes articles like this shouldn’t even be dignified by a response. But Colin’s response was quite good.
In a nutshell, the original article slams preaching because (according to Allis):
- 1. It is unbiblical
- 2. It is a poor form of communication
- 3. It creates dependence on the part of the hearer.
It was fascinating, because then today as I was working on my own person project of analyzing all of the sermons of the Bible (wait…how can it be unbiblical if there are at least 31 identifiable sermons in scripture?). But as I did a Google search to see if others had found more sermons in the Bible than I had, links to this article came up all over the place…most of them favorably disposed (uncritically) to Allis’ view.
My point is not to praise this article (quite the contrary), but to point you to Colin’s excellent response linked above. I recommend it.