Monday, September 01, 2008

Smells and bells 6: preaching

In Mark Galli's Beyond Smells and Bells he talks about the importance of preaching on p. 81:
Jesus also shows up in the preaching. "The one who hears you hears me," Jesus told his disciples as he sent them out (Luke 10:16a). And preachers since have understood that in one sense the preaching about the Word of God is the Word of God. It is not the revealed Word of Scripture, but it is a chief way by which Christ continues to speak to us.

What Richard Neuhaus wrote about "great" preaching applies to all preaching: "It is an Emmaus-like experience in which the Scriptures are opened up and you recognize Christ, and with him, with a fresh sense of discovery, you see the truth about yourself and your world."