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Preaching As Reminding

The power and simplicity of reminding folks of what they already know
"I love to tell the story; for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest."
Katherine Hankey

In The Silver Chair, Aslan commissions Jill to find the find the lost prince, and he gives her Signs to guide her in her quest. Then he issues this solemn warning: "Here on the mountain I have spoken to you clearly: I will not often do so down in Narnia. Here on the mountain, the air is clear and your mind is clear; as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken. Take great care that it does not confuse your mind. Remember, remember the Signs."[1] If Aslan had given these instructions to preachers, he might have said: "Remind, remind your people of the Signs. The air here is thick."

Preaching doesn't always have to explain new truths. Neither does it always have to persuade people believe those truths. Nor does it always have to exhort people to obey the truths. Sometimes it can simply remind folks of what they already understand, believe, and are attempting ...

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