“We may not have a prophet like Isaiah or Jeremiah in our midst, Barth said, but we do have the Bible and the light of the prophetic word shining so brightly from its pages. “There is something wonderful about this ancient book,” Barth told his people.
“Particularly in these troubled times, yet at all times, we need to go to this source and to drink deeply from it.” He reminded them of a few of its majestic passages: “Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! LORD, hear my voice!” (Ps. 130:1). “When you hear of wars and rumors of war, do not be alarmed” (Mark 13:7). “I know the plans I have for you . . . plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11).”
“A Unique Time of God. Karl Barth’s WWI Sermons” Karl Barth
A mother was preparing a pancake breakfast for her little boys, Kevin and Ryan. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake, and their mom saw the perfect opportunity for a moral lesson. “Now, boys, hold on a minute here. Let me tell you: If Jesus were sitting here, he would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.'” The two children sat silent for a moment. Then the five year-old, Kevin, turned to his younger brother and said, “Okay, Ryan, you be Jesus!”
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Next Tuesday (4th March 2014), Crossing London will host ‘Showcase’ at Grace Bar, 44 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7NB to unveil plans for this autumn’s Encountering Jesus events.
To give you a taster of what the night entails, have at look at our programme.
At the Showcase, churches will be finding out more about the exciting prospects in store and will be able to meet with some of the guests who they may wish to book for their local events. With us for the evening will be evangelists and preachers Steve Legg, Steve Mullins, Glen Shrivener, comedian and creative communicator Liz Babbs, dance troupe Rebirth, magician Steve Price and many more.
For more information go to www.crossinglondon.co.uk/showcase. This is a free event but you will need to reserve a place. To do so please click here
In this analytical and technological age there is no shortage of books on the church bookstalls, or sermons from the pulpits, on how to pray, how to witness, how to read our Bibles, how to tithe our money, how to be a young Christian, how to be an old Christian, how to be a happy Christian, how to get consecrated, how to lead men to Christ, how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (or, in some cases, how to avoid receiving it), how to speak with tongues (or, how to explain away Pentecostal manifestations), and generally how to go through all the various motions which the teachers in question associate with being a Christian believer. Nor is there any shortage of biographies delineating the experiences of Cristians in past days for our interested perusal.
Yet one can have all this and hardly know God at all.
J.I.Packer, Knowing God, p.23
This book by J.I.Packer was written in 1973. In 40 years, thousands of books on Christian topics like the ones described above had been written and it seems that, as knowledge about God grows like never before, less people really know God at all.
I had a big surprise when I first came in this country. I was expecting to taste a bit of that Christianity that shaped the evangelical Christianity in Romania. That type of Christianity and Christian authors that changed the world for Christ. Big mistake.
My awakening came when I’ve met a Chinese pastor at British Museum. He told me that, in the past, missionaries went from England all around the world. But now there is a need for authentic Christianity in UK. Now, those who benefited from that Gospel must come back and bring back that desire and passion about knowing God.
Unfortunately, this is a tragic moment in the history of this country. You cannot notice a dying Christianity in the UK. Yes, we know about God. A lot of noise. But, from what I’ve met, sadly, too many, don’t know God at all.
It’is difficult sometimes to understand certain passages from Scripture. It becomes even harder when you have to communicate them so they can be understood. Of course, the Holy Spirit lights up and opens the heart of the listeners but I’m not desconsidering the preparation and the personal effort.
The sermon illustrations play a vital role in the communication and the reception of the truth. God told Noah to “build a window in the boat”. The sermon illustrations, in this respect, are “windows”, as Spurgeon mentioned. You might bring a lot of fog with plenty definitions and theological explanations but inserting a good illustration will bring clarity and practicability to your message. It will bring freshness and will make “the air to circulate in your exposure”.
On the other hand, you can inflict damage to your text with an awkward illustration. I remember the sermon evaluation tests at the seminary. You can hear many homiletic pearls if you have the patience to listen. And I have also used many, let’s say, strange illustrations. God have mercy. That’s why we were assessing the sermons after, to learn from our mistakes.
Such an illustration, from a sermon, got stuck in my mind.
Our colleague spoke from 1Cor. 3:12, 13, describing what means to build on gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw and that each man’s work will become evident, and the Lord’s day will show it.
But he wasn’t very inspired. He used the story of the three little pigs to support his message. And he was preaching with passion on “how the wolf arrived at the first house of straw and blew (and he blew too, as though he had been the wolf) and the house falls down. Got to the second one, made of wood (and again blows) and the house falls down. At the third one, made of stone, the wolf blows and keeps blowing … until he falls fainted because of so much air flow. That’s why we must be careful on what and how we build, because in the end, each man’s work will become evident. 🙂
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