Without Unction, Preaching Has Little Effect On The Hearer

January 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Without Unction, Preaching Has Little Effect On The Hearer)

Over the next few weeks, Shane is revisiting articles that drew the most feedback in 2010. Here is number four…

Many today argue that we can’t preach with authority because we need to have a flexible approach to all aspects of theology. By “flexible” they mean accommodating all beliefs, but truth is not “flexible” when it comes to absolutes; it’s solid and unyielding—an anchor. Truth liberates. Truth rebuilds. Truth restores. Truth heals. Truth transforms. Truth prevails…you don’t change truth; truth changes you!
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Where Are The Bold, Authoritative Preachers Today?

January 15th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Where Are The Bold, Authoritative Preachers Today?)

A friend recently asked, “Where are those with uncompromising power and God-given authority in our pulpits today?” His statement reminded me of the desperate need for passionate, spirit-filled preachers focused on pleasing God rather than man. Our culture’s false perception of God as a cosmic ball of love, or a doting grandfather desperately needs to be challenged.

Unfortunately, difficult truths are often compromised, watered-down, or avoided altogether in the hope of “not offending,” “securing an audience,” or building a “mega-ministry.” As a result, the church is a mile wide but only an inch deep; judgment is never mentioned, repentance is never sought, sin is often excused, and lives are not radically changed.
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This Christmas, Embrace the True Gospel

December 25th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on This Christmas, Embrace the True Gospel)

As mentioned last week: If we truly want to experience the power of God, we must surrender pivotal areas of our lives.

The final area of surrender is found in Matthew 16:24, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
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Here’s why November 2nd is so Important. Vote! – Article 2

October 30th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Here’s why November 2nd is so Important. Vote! – Article 2)

One of the most controversial issues of our time is the question of mixing religion and politics. One group believes that the church should be used as a political platform, the other advocates passivity. So, what’s the answer?

First and foremost, we cannot deny our primary responsibility: To encourage people to turn to Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is how America will “truly” change from the inside out. The No. 1 problem in America is not a political problem; it’s a spiritual problem called sin. The primary goal of the church is not to become a political movement, but a spiritual influence. Christianity has influenced large-scale changes because it first transformed the hearts of men and women.

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We’ve Drifted From Being Confrontational To Popular

October 16th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on We’ve Drifted From Being Confrontational To Popular)

Back to the topic of preaching: Many argue that we can’t preach with authority because we need to have a flexible approach to all aspects of theology. By “flexible” they mean accommodating all beliefs, but truth is not “flexible” when it comes to absolutes; it’s solid and unyielding—an anchor. Truth liberates. Truth rebuilds. Truth restores. Truth heals. Truth transforms. Truth prevails…you don’t change truth; truth changes you.

During The Yale Lectures on Preaching (1891) by James Stalker, Stalker rightly noted Martin Luther’s list of qualifications for being a minister. Two of the top ten were: 1) “He should be sure of what he means to say.” 2) “And be ready to stake body and soul, goods and reputation, on its truth.” Luther, Calvin, Swingli, Knox, and many more, flamed the fires of the Reformation with godly confrontation.

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