I guess it is obvious.
We made it to California.
I have spent the last couple days trying to get books together so that I can begin researching and writing my doctoral dissertation. I am right now thinking through the question, what impact if any should culture have on our preaching?
The easy answer you hear sometimes is none.
We should just preach the Word and let the Word do its work and not really concern ourselves too much with the culture in which we are communicating. After all, it is a lot of work in and of itself to study the Word of God and get the meaning right in the first place, do that well and there isn’t a whole lot of time left to think about the culture really. Plus there is a Holy Spirit and ultimately the effectiveness of our ministry is in His hands not our ability to communicate.
But while that is true, I don’t think that particular attitude is actually as biblical as it first sounds.
Anyway, it is late and I’ll have to give you some reasons why I think that on some other occasion. (Maybe you have some ideas as to why…) If I ever get it done, you can read my doctoral dissertation. It is something I am thinking through to prepare myself for preaching to a traditional South African culture – what are the non-negotiables of expository preaching and what are cultural elements of communication that can and should be changed to be more effective?
We miss our family there in Pennsylvania. I must have woken up three or four times on Saturday night and every time I woke up, I woke up to find myself praying that God would bless the preaching of His Word in the lives of the members of the church. If I was always that focused I could really get alot of praying in at night!