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'Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?'

Self-disclosure from the pulpit.

'Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?'

As we approach Holy Week, I am once again brought back to the words of Jesus upon the Cross: “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani.” Roughly translated, he uttered, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Like Jesus, preachers this Holy Week will stand before their crowd below and offer beautiful homilies on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Hopefully, these sermons will be filled with helpful insights, inspiring stories, silly jokes, and memorable illustrations. But sadly, many of these sermons will lack one thing that marked Jesus’ sermon from the Cross: his own struggle to comprehend his Father’s will.

Preaching is essential. “Faith comes by hearing the Word,” wrote Paul (Rom. 10:17). But just because preaching is essential, that doesn’t mean we know all that much about it. “I don’t understand preaching,” once wrote the famed preacher Ian Pitt Watson, “but I believe in it deeply.” Our enthusiasm about ...

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