Today's Word for Pastors...
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things
Today's Preaching Insight...
Has Any People Heard the Voice of God Speaking...And Survived?
In Deuteronomy chapter four, we encounter one of the great touchstone passages in all of Scripture. My heart and soul are absolutely struck by the question—a rhetorical question, but a very real question—asked in verse 33: "Has any people heard the voice of the Lord, the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire and survived?"
What brings us here? What brings us to this institution, to this campus, to this hour? What brings us dressed in academic costumes, ready for learning and study? Something summons us here. There is some mandate, some basis, some foundation.
This is a theological seminary and college. We dare to speak of God. We even dare to define what we do here as Christian education. What an audacious claim! We actually claim that here we teach what God has taught.
There ought to be a bit of humility in recognizing the audacity of that claim. It would be a baseless and a foundationless claim, an incredible claim, if God had not spoken from the midst of the fire and allowed us to hear. On what authority are we here? To dare to speak of these things, we must speak invoking the authority of God, who alone could speak these things, who alone could reveal Himself and tell us what we must know. All this points to a big and inescapable question, the question in fact that haunts the postmodern mind: On what basis can we claim to know anything?
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Illustration: Skill, Talent
Morris, the loudmouth mechanic, was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted a famous heart surgeon who was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his Mercedes.
Morris shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc! Is that you? Come on over here a minute."
The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where Morris the mechanic was working on the car.
Morris straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag, and asked argumentatively, "So, Mr. Fancy Doctor, look at this here work. I ALSO open hearts, take valves out, grind 'em, put in new parts; and when I finish, this baby will purr like a kitten. So how come you get the big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?"
The surgeon leaned over and whispered to Morris the loudmouth mechanic, "Try doing it with the engine running."
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