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The High Drama of Doctrine (part 2)

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.

In part one of this two-part series, the author described the logic-defying Wonderland of doctrine. In part two, he elaborates on its glory, practicality, and drama.

God's Gordian Knot

Another wonder of Christian doctrine is how beautiful and brilliant it is. A few days ago we flew through a stupendous cloudbank at 32,000 feet—marble-white arches miles high and shot through with sunbeams. I marveled anew at the handiwork of God. But nothing in all God's creation is so astonishingly beautiful as the gospel, nor does the intricacy of anything God has made match the genius God displayed in redemption.

You've probably heard of the Gordian knot. It comes from a Greek legend about a man named Gordius who tied his oxcart to a post with such an intricate, complicated knot that no one could untie it. Not only was the knot tight, but the ends of the rope were somehow buried in the middle of the knot. The legend also said that whoever would one day untie that knot would rule Asia. The expression ...

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