Topical Preaching

Over the years, many people have asked me about topical preaching, or preaching the latest trend or news event, and why I don’t routinely (if ever) do it. Well, here’s my response: I think it’s a cop out and puts too much reliance on “what’s happening in the world” than on where our focus should be: Jesus.

Now hear me out for a moment. I’m sure topical preaching has its place, and is valid in some instances. But, as I’ve studied and prepared sermons for over 23 years now, one consistent fact has always drawn me away from topical preaching and it’s this: When I have to take apart an entire text using an expository format, I’m forced to deal with all of it instead of being able to pick and choose the verses I like, which can lead to a skewed opinion on the topic, which everyone already has.

Scripture is meant to change us to be like God, not to move us to being more relevant to the world. Thus, when you focus solely on God, and the intent of scripture to include its instruction, correction, or encouragement, you cease to rely on sound bytes of information and instead soak in the glory of God through the entire word of God.

God bless you friends, and leaders, who will preach this weekend. Stay humble, stay focused, and let your heart break for sin as you draw (and pull others with you) closer to Christ.

It isn’t about guns …

The United States of America already has universal background checks (we have for decades), and we already have laws that prevent the sale of firearms to people who do not pass them. As heart breaking as the events of last week are, we do not have a gun problem. Rather, we have generation (or two) displaying the results of poor parenting – which has bred a basic lack of morality of sinful rebellion – which cannot be legislated.

Want to stop the rampant evil going on in our country? Get back to honoring God, let parents (and grandparents) and even schools discipline children, and stop blaming everyone else for what you can control & change. We are in this together, and it’s WELL past time that those in my generation (and older) get a grip on this nation before it’s too late.