Why does preaching no longer command the attention and engage the interest it once did? Has the church forfeited the favour of God by losing sight of the central task of "preaching the Word", turning instead to quick "how-to" messages addressed to people's "felt needs"? Preaching is in a state of crisis, evidenced most seriously by immaturity, confusion and ignorance among professing Christians, as a result of the poverty of what is being preached. The remedy, Dr. R. Albert Mohler affirms, is to obey Paul's parting charge to Timothy: "Preach the word...in season and out of season" (2 Tim. 4:2). Dr. Mohler's address is a powerful call to preachers to do just that.
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Date:March 8, 2009
In this brief, 21-page booklet Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, reminds us that Paul's admonition to Timothy to preach the Word in season and out of season is still God's charge today. Mohler calls out the deviance from this standard so prevalent in pulpits today. While it may be surprising to some that Mohler does not take this opportunity to specifically promote by name expository preaching, it is still implied in the condemnation of preaching of other varieties - preaching that satisfies itching ears and focuses more on perceived self needs than on the breadth of the Word of God.This is a booklet worthy of reading not just by those called to preach, but for those in the pews who are called to holiness and who cannot hope to achieve such apart from the Word. I intend to purchase many copies so that the brothers and sisters in my church are challenged to an unequivocal expectation of the Word in the pulpit.