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The Biggest Idea (part 2)

Doctrine is huge. Bigger than life, in the minds of many. Too much for feeble minds on Sunday morning, say others. Here's how to keep your feet on the ground when preaching about the things of God.

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This is part two of a two-part article. Inpart one, Robinson differentiated doctrine from other ideas of the Bible, and shared some healthy ways to preach it.

What is the traditional definition of doctrinal preaching, and is that a good way for us to understand how we do this?

There are denominations in which, every Sunday, at least one sermon deals with doctrine, and the doctrine is usually derived from the creed of that church. So the pastor will take a doctrine and proclaim it. It doesn't necessarily mean that the pastor is going to go to the Bible to help his people understand it—it's sort of, "We believe our creed, not in so far as it's true to the Bible, but because we believe the creed is the expression of the Bible." I think you're better off coming to it that way than to ground it in the biblical text, so the doctrine doesn't sound like something a group of theologians came up with in a smoke-filled back room to serve their own purposes.

Why does doctrine have a bad name among ...

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Olivia Nixon

May 14, 2007  5:03pm

Haddon hit it right on the noise. Those in the pulpit must stop sugat coating God;s Word to please the listeners

Bryan Vincent

May 14, 2007  1:25pm

Haddon doesn't hold any punches back. No more cotton candy sermons please!

Ron Arnold

May 14, 2007  9:20am

Haddon makes the excellent point of showing how to connect doctrine with the needs of the listener. And the importance of avoiding denominational hobby horses.

Todd Capen

May 11, 2007  9:46am

Thank you for addressing the issue of moralism in preaching and the gospel of pragmatism.

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