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The High Drama of Doctrine (part 1)

If you want some excitement in your sermon, you can always raise your voice or tell a story. But if you really want to give hearers a charge, preach doctrine.

This is part one of a two-part series.

The Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, habeas corpus—we studied all that as my eighth-grade son covered civics a few months ago. I thought it was fascinating—the subtleties of courts and jurisdictions, landmark rulings, the way government powers evolved and were tested. Who wouldn't love that stuff? Well, my son for one.

Doctrine often comes off as the spiritual equivalent of civics. We teach them both to our kids on the edge of adulthood because even though they may not be interested, we know they're going to need this stuff if they're going to be responsible citizens and Christians.

But Christian doctrine is far more than spiritual civics, and preachers are entrusted with the privilege of making sure the tenets of our faith don't start looking like the gray-white obelisk of the Washington Monument. There are three insider secrets that bring doctrinal preaching to life.

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