What’s So Special About Preaching?

I wonder if we have so over-reacted to the mystical and the subjective-emotional in preaching, that we see it now in terms of dispensing Biblical knowledge rather than pleading with God in prayer and men in proclamation to change lives in time for eternity. “Preach the Word” has become “Explain the Bible” [sic]. There is a difference.

Systematic Theology is essential. Biblical Theology in the whole sweep of the Bible’s big picture from Genesis to Revelation, in Kingdom and covenant, is deeply enriching. But they are not the way God wrote the Bible and to let them govern the sermon, rather than the text of Scripture as written is to end up speaking about the Bible rather than letting the Bible speak. One is the words of men; the other the Word of God. Not observing the text, but listening to God; not cool analysts, but passionate hearers.

David Jackman, “What’s so special about preaching?” (2006 paragraphing mine)

(HT: Reformation 21)