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Willimon Does It Again (or is it still?)

9 November 2007

I’m hurrying to get to a meeting tonight, so I’ll pretty much just throw the URL up here, but Will Willamon has an excellent post today about the purpose of our preaching.

A quick teaser:
“Sometimes in leaning over to speak to the modern world, I fear that we may have fallen in! When, in our sermons, we sought to use our sermons to build a bridge from the old world of the Bible to the new modern world, the traffic was only moving in one direction on that interpretive bridge. It was always the modern world rummaging about in Scripture, saying things like “This relates to me,” or, “I’m sorry, this is really impractical,” or, “I really can’t make sense out of that.” It was always the modern world telling the Bible what’s what.

“I don’t believe that the Bible wants to “speak to the modern world.” Rather, I think the Bible wants to change, convert the modern world.

“The modern world is not only the realm of the telephone, the telegraph, and allegedly “critical thinking,” this world is also the habitat of Auschwitz, two of the bloodiest wars of history, and assorted totalitarian schemes which have consumed the lives of millions. Why would our preaching want to be comprehensible to that world?

“Too often Christians have treated the modern world as if it is an unalterable fact, a reality to which we were obligated to adjust and adapt, rather than a point of view with which we might argue.”

Find the entire excellent post at:
http://willimon.blogspot.com/2007/11/on-not-reaching-our-culture-through-our.html

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3 Comments to “Willimon Does It Again (or is it still?)”

  1. The world in which the old and new new testaments spoke was the modern world of its day. The Gospel spoke on its own terms to that world too!
    While we are instructed to present the Gospel to the whole world, we are not told the whole world will respond positively. It will respond but not always positively.
    All we can do is present it the best way we know how and allow God to do His work. The farmer plants the seed, cultivates the soil and waters. He can not “make” the seed grow.
    God bless you Cal…
    Bruce

  2. Hey Cal. I thought I’d start eavesdropping on your blog…….and do not blame me if I spelled eavesdropping wrong.

    LH

  3. Hey big guy! Welcome aboard.

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