Thursday 2 April 2020

9Marks Journal (March 2020) on Gospel-Centered Preaching

The latest issue of the 9Marks Journal, available from here in various formats, looks at the question, ‘What’s wrong with gospel-centered preaching today?’

In the Editorial Note, Jonathan Leeman describes a conversation he had with David Helm, in which the latter mentioned that he was concerned about the growing popularity of gospel-centered preaching. As Leeman describes it:

‘What?! Why? Isn’t gospel-centered preaching a good thing?

‘He answered, “Because the tail is going to start wagging the dog.” Helm was worried that young preachers would get lazy, not pay close attention to their texts, and move toward Christ too quickly. They wouldn’t do careful exegetical work; or preach the point of their particular texts; or take canonically responsible ways of moving toward the gospel. To put it another way, they would allegorize.

‘Of course, that’s not the only problem with preaching out there. Some preachers don’t preach the gospel at all. Others fail to apply the text to their whole church. And still others fail to respect the rules of their particular genre, have bad biblical theology, or preach without exemplars.’

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