I was listening over lunch to an interview with T. David Gordon author of Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers on an older episode of The White Horse Inn.  He said something pretty thought-provoking about the disdain that some have within evangelical circles toward sermons, and how it may be a reflection of their heart.

The mere fact that once a week we listen for 30 minutes as someone paints for us again a sermonic portrait of the competence of Christ as our Redeemer says something.  If we are impatient and don’t want that, we’re saying we don’t regard it as something we will spend 30 minutes on.  If we say that we love Christ, but we don’t want to hear about Him… I just say it’s baloney – we don’t love the Redeemer if we don’t want to hear about Him.

What say you?


  1. I think it’s a combination of being over stimulated by media, advertising, internet, etc. and the fact that most pastors were educated in public schools, moved on to increasingly weak seminaries, and are often called to pastoral ministry but forced to teach because the role of pastor and teacher have been combined.

  2. Never heard of him, but he’s right. We can blame the media and public schools all we want, but these things are just excuses and finger-pointing exercises. We must take responsibility for our own actions.
    How many times do we sit in front of the TV and veg for at least a half hour? The 30 minutes invested in our understanding of Jesus Christ, His teachings, and His promises once a week is NOT much. And we have no reasonable position to complain from if we understand that such minimal effort is not really enough!
    We also need to add at least another 30 minutes every day in Bible reading and prayer, just to keep focussed each day. Then add to that any Bible studies, service, and fellowship we can find time for and we’re closer to the right track.
    If 30 minutes a week is too much, you’re doing it wrong. To paraphrase: Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and all His righteous truth for your life.
    Being a lazy Christian may still be considered being a Christian, but the condition opens you up to criticism of others, rather than looking to improve yourself!
    (Believe me. I know this. I’ve finally begun to understand it, myself, and I’ve been a Christian 32 years!)

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