Chapter 6

8 Dynamics in Preaching’s Double Communication

Speaking to human beings about the living God and speaking to God about human beings.

The call to the preaching ministry is a call to an inherently double mode of communication. On the one hand, speaking to human beings about the living God (especially in light of his final and full self-revelation in Jesus of Nazareth), and on the other hand, speaking to the living God about human beings. Indeed, the later precedes the former, prayer preceding preaching.

We see this double mode lived out in Jesus’ ministry. Luke tells us that “while he [Jesus] was praying in a certain place, after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray as John [the Baptist] taught his disciples’” (Luke 11:1). It is the only thing the first disciples are recorded to have asked Jesus to teach them.

There is no record of “teach us to cast out demons,” nor, “teach us to do justice,” nor, “teach us to heal,” nor, “teach us to strategically influence the culture,” not even, surprisingly, “teach ...

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