There are many reasons to applaud expository preaching. But one reason speaks the loudest to me: The person of God is more important than the personality of the preacher. We are living in the age of sensationalism. There are simply too many competing voices and Christian teachers feel the need to be relevant, creative, catchy and interesting. This is because what attracts us is how eloquently and creatively a certain preacher presents his message. Little is said about the content of his message or its fidelity to biblical truth. I experienced this effect in much of the reaction I got after my review of a sermon series preached at Mavuno Church, last year. Those who stood to speak in defense of the message mainly appealed to the personality of the preacher rather than the Biblical text.
Some of the common defenses included:
“That’s just how this pastor likes preaching,”
“That’s his approach, every Pastor at the church has their unique style” or
“You may find his approach unorthodox, but trust me, it is quite effective.” Continue reading “Thus Says the LORD!”