Kirk or Spock?

Emotional or logical preaching is not a dichotomy, but a juxtaposition.

Kirk or Spock?See theme

The apostle Paul made a statement that should resonate in the mind of every preacher with the courage to stand behind a pulpit and declare "thus saith the Lord" to any audience: "My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power" (1 Cor. 2:4). I will not attempt to fully exegete this power-packed passage, but I will use it as a springboard to describe my personal reflection about the use of emotions in preaching.

Like many people I grew up with, I was raised in an era that saw a revival of popularity in a series that originally aired before my birth. The original Star Trek is the grandaddy of all sci-fi space odysseys. Most of my friends could quote the opening lines: "Space—the final frontier. These are the voyages of … " And so on and so on. For many, Captain Kirk was the ultimate hero. He was the model of modern leadership: handsome, wise, decisive, witty, and willing to lay ...

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Brian

September 27, 2016  1:38pm

The key is that the emotion must be a genuine reaction to God's revelation in the text. We must avoid at all costs the proverbial "Weak point here, get louder to compensate" trap.

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