Preaching that is attractive and repelling

I often return to Walter Kaiser’s description of the dual nature of the sermon as something that is both attractive and at the same time repelling. He states:

Therein lies precisely the tension found in the Word of God. To smother people with the comfort of the gospel while never telling them about their sin is lopsided. But to preach angrily and focus only on judgment with no encouragement or care for persons is likewise missing the point of revelation. God’s messengers must hold high the truth of God in both its judgment and its comfort. We must afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted as teachers and ministers of the gospel (Preaching and Teaching the Old Testament, 80).

2 responses to this post.

  1. great quote…I wish more listeners of sermons would understand this as well as preachers.

    J.M. Gilbert, Jr.

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