Morning Mashup 07/24

The Biblical Necessity of Judging Others – Pastor David Prince examines the abuses of Matthew 7:1 and shows how its abuses are not new.

The New York Times Swings and Whiffs – Jonathan Merritt critiques the horribly biased and unethical conclusions drawn by the NY Times editorial board in an article concerning Planned Parenthood, which I shared in Wednesday’s edition of Morning Mashup.

Duke Players Fail to Live Up to Expectations – This statement comes from the bold mouth of Phil Jackson. While once known for nothing but winning, Jackson is becoming known for nothing more than controversial tweets and statements. Injuries discounted, Duke players have almost always lived up to expectations, certainly no less than players from any other particular school.

We Will Not Bow – Passionate, sober, and poignant sermon from one of the greatest preachers of the last 100 years.

3 Things the Pro-Life Movement Needs to Do to Stop Abortion – Important excerpt from Scott Klusendorf’s book The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture.

Just How Sovereign Is God? – Fantastic short summary of the sovereignty of God by Justin Taylor.

Hope for Mourning Parents – A completely heartbreaking story about the loss of a child, and the incredible resolve to come alongside those in grief.

Russell Moore to Interview Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio – Looking forward to these interviews on August 4.

Why Join a Church – David Mathis offers six reasons why you should “put down roots” and join a church.

Parents, Keep Reading Out Loud – For the intellectual and emotional well-being of your children, it is best to read aloud to your children.

The Publicly Private Faith of Jim Gaffigan – An excellent profile of the comedian who is humbly Catholic and truly funny on his new TV show.

“Essentially, to ‘put on the new self’ is the same as donning the armour of God.” –Peter O’Brien


15 Effects of Non-Expositional Preaching

preachingIn John MacArthur’s book, Fool’s Gold?: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error, MacArthur and a host of other contributors argue for the need for the Christian to use biblical discernment and seek, find, and cherish truth in an age that champions relativism and how this all plays out in the church. In a very candid look at popular ministry and church practices that are unhelpful at best and unbiblical at worst, the entries in this book help Christians to discern truth in the face of tradition.
One entry from John MacArthur addresses “the devastating consequences of watered-down messages.” MacArthur criticizes pastors who preach non-expositionally and gives ample reason to toss out all forms of preaching that do not allow the preacher to be the mouthpiece or microphone of God. Most of the time if not always, watered-down sermons are the result of non-expositional preaching. A preacher who preaches expositionally must be so immersed in the text that it is impossible for the sermon to be biblically weak.

I have gathered fifteen detrimental effects of non-expositional preaching from MacArthur and wish to share them here in hopes of leading others to strive to preach expositionally.

1. Non-expositional preaching usurps the authority of God over the soul.

2. Non-expositional preaching removes the lordship of Christ from his Church.

3. Non-expositional preaching hinders the work of the Holy Spirit.

4. Non-expositional preaching demonstrates appalling pride and a lack of submission.

5. Non-expositional preaching severs the preacher personally from the regular sanctifying grace of Scripture.

6. Non-expositional preaching clouds the true depth and transcendence of our message and therefore cripples both corporate and personal worship.

7. Non-expositional preaching prevents the preacher from fully developing the mind of Christ.

8. Non-expositional preaching depreciates by example the spiritual duty and priority of personal Bible study.

9. Non-expositional preaching prevents the preacher from being the voice of God on every issue of his time.

10. Non-expositional preaching breeds a congregation that is as weak and indifferent to the glory of God as their pastor is.

11. Non-expositional preaching robs people of their only true source of help.

12. Non-expositional preaching encourages people to become indifferent to the Word of God and divine authority.

13. Non-expositional preaching lies to people about what they really need.

14. Non-expositional preaching strips the pulpit of power.

15. Non-expositional preaching puts the responsibility on the preacher to change people with his cleverness or creativity or talents.

396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is a student at Boyce College (B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies). He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their dog, Simba. You can follow him on Twitter @Mat_Gilbert.

The Connection Between Biblical Inerrancy and Expository Preaching

One thing I have committed myself to during my time at Boyce College is to learn the practice of expository preaching. There is hardly avoiding the fact that all young preachers preach bad sermons, especially early on. As Tim Keller once said, “It doesn’t matter what you do, your first 200 sermons will be terrible.” All preachers can only truly learn how to preach through practice. However, filling one’s mind and heart with biblically and historically faithful way of preaching prepares the student to preach bad sermons in the right way.

In preparing to become a faithful expositor, I have benefited mostly from reading books on the nature and practice of expository preaching. Rediscovering Expository Preaching: Balancing the Science and Art of Biblical Exposition is one of the most significant books in print on expository preaching. If you have no clue what expository preaching is; if you are a preacher considering preaching expositionally; or even if you already preach expositionally, Rediscovering Expository Preaching is a great resource.

John MacArthur and other faculty members of The Master’s Seminary combined to produce an invaluable resource for preachers in the early 1990’s and is still benefiting preachers today.

There is one chapter in Rediscovering Expository Preaching that I want to briefly discuss to give you both a feel for the book and some points for reflection on a crucial aspect of expository preaching.

The Mandate of Biblical Inerrancy

John MacArthur wrote the second chapter, which is entitled, The Mandate of Biblical Inerrancy.

In this chapter, MacArthur examines expository preaching in light of the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. Essentially, MacArthur’s main point is that expository preaching is the practical overflow of biblical inerrancy. Or, as he puts it, biblical inerrancy “demands” expository preaching. MacArthur shows that the spiritual health of Christians and churches is dependent upon biblical inerrancy expressed in expository preaching. MacArthur states his thesis early on:

The only logical response to inerrant Scripture, then, is to preach it expositionally. By expositionally, I mean preaching in such a way that the meaning of the Bible passage is presented entirely and exactly as it was intended by God (23-24).

It is through this definition of expository preaching that MacArthur shows a direct connection to the inerrancy of Scripture.

MacArthur argues that for inerrantists, there really is no other way to preach outside of expository preaching. On the other hand, if one believes the Bible is errant, then it would be foolish to preach the Bible expositionally. MacArthur ends up going further by arguing that preaching the Bible at all is meaningless if Scripture is not inerrant. Because of this intrinsic connection between biblical inerrancy and expository preaching, MacArthur goes through various points to show how the preacher can present the Bible “entirely and exactly as it was intended by God.”

From here, MacArthur breaks down the manner in which expository preaching can practically be carried out—exegesis. He defines exegesis as,

[T]he skillful application of sound hermeneutical principles to be the biblical text in the original language with a view to understanding and declaring the author’s intended meaning both to the immediate and subsequent audiences (29).

In order to preach expositionally, the preacher will need to make use of the hermeneutical principle of exegesis. The doctrine of inerrancy and the commitment to preach expositionally necessitates the use of exegesis. Finally, MacArthur gives a brief look at opposition to expositional preaching, which is found in theological liberalism’s denial of inerrancy.

This chapter is a necessary foundational look at expository preaching and its place in evangelical churches. I was personally challenged by this chapter to view expository preaching not as an option among many, but rather as the only appropriate way to preach. In fact, the only way to truly preach the word of God is to preach expositionally. MacArthur’s passion for inerrancy and preaching shines through in this chapter. He makes a strong claim that pierces the hearts of many pastors, but for those who believe in biblical inerrancy, there is no arguing against his arguments.

The mandate of the pastor is to preach the word (2 Tim. 4:1-2). In order to preach the divinely inspired word of God, the pastor must preach entirely and exactly what God has intended. MacArthur is clear in his definition and explanation of expository preaching. Exegesis requires diligent work, but all efforts will prove fruitful, because at the end of the day the pastor will be able to leave the pulpit knowing he preached a message from the Lord.

396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is a student at Boyce College (B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies). He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their dog, Simba. You can follow him on Twitter @Mat_Gilbert.