Five Paradoxes of Preaching

John Stott lists five paradoxes of preaching.

Good preaching is…

  1. Both biblical and contemporary
    (relating the ancient text to the modern context)
  2. Both authoritative and tentative
    (distinguishing between the infallible Word and its fallible interpreters)
  3. Both prophetic and pastoral
    (combining faithfulness with gentleness)
  4. Both gifted and studied
    (necessitating a divine gift and human self-discipline)
  5. Both thoughtful and passionate
    (letting the heart burn as Christ opens to us the Scriptures)

(The Living Church, pp.97-110)

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Derek Griz

I am a Christian, a husband, a father, and a pastor (Immanuel Church). I write from those perspectives. Connect with me on Twitter (@derekgriz).