Not Preaching

Posted: April 24, 2009 in Bible, church, grace, missional, Missional Church, preaching

As the Senior Minister for a church, you might find it odd for me to say this: There are times when I HATE preaching. I don’t mean the craft or the art, but rather having to say anything at all.

What I mean is this: There are times when the words of scripture are so powerful and beautiful that saying ANYTHING after you read them only diminishes them.

That’s the case this week.

We’re in the middle of a series about doubt. And we land Sunday on Acts 17 and Paul’s visit to and speech in Athens and the Aereopagus. Beginning is verse 24 Paul lays out one of his most beautiful speeches. Just read it.

Slowly.

And then read it again. I can’t look at it and not be taken with the hope and majesty of it.

“…he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”

“God did this so that we would seek him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.”

Just tell me that there is a better life available than that! Could there possible be anything left for me to say?

I just don’t think so.

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