Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mouthpiece for God

In a blog entry dated April 10, Dr. Albert Moehler wrote this:

I am certainly supposed to be a mouthpiece for Scripture, a human instrument through which the Scripture is heard and received by God's people. But the human preacher's authority only reaches the human ear. It is only God himself who can take his word from the human ear to the human heart.

I stand by this answer, and by the large comments I made in the interview about the fact that the preacher is actually a mouthpiece for God only when the Word of God is rightly preached. As the Reformers made clear, preaching is the means by which God speaks to His people as a gathered community. Through the preached Word and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, God actually speaks to His people.

This was in agreement with some things written by Billy Graham in the 1950s.

Just curious; what's your comment on this quote?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

News and Views

OK, it has been a while since I last posted on this blog. Life is exciting - and busy. Easter is a busy time - and a joyous one. After that my wife and I went to a missions conference for four days. Getting back, she had to unpack, do the laundry, and repack for a missions trip to foreign places. You can read about that - and sign up for updates "From the Field" if you wish - by going to our website and at the "Contact Us" page, signing up.

We are also gearing up for the next big set of seminars, talks, teas, and other events, which will take place in May - in Norway.

However, I have not been hiding under a rock. I've kept up on the news. First, I have decided that I will go to the polls. Holding my nose, I will vote for John McCain. This decision is based upon the plans I recently saw for the three candidates regarding health care. McCain's plan calls for no mandates (as do the two Democrats), and seems to allow for freedom of choice. Not a resounding endorsement, I know. Besides, none of the candidates is holding his/her breath waiting for my endorsement. Such as it is, however, there you have it.

Regarding Jeremiah Wright, I have little to say that hasn't already been said, read, and forgotten. I only state that worship services are supposed to be about worshiping God. Sermons are supposed to be expositions of God's Word - with references. I try to do that. I know that sometimes I might get a little caught up in political and cultural issues, but I try to relate them to living in the world as a follower of Jesus Christ.

There you have it. Comments welcome.