The Clint Eastwoods of the Pulpit?
Why prophetic preachers are far more than gunslingersSee theme
We get our mental pictures of preaching from different places in the Bible. There's Paul on Mars Hill reasoning for the faith. And there he is preaching in a synagogue laying open gospel doctrine with his finger on an Old Testament text. Over there, on the hillside, is Jesus preaching to the multitudes with crowd-quieting authority and insight ("You have heard it said … but I say … "). Follow him awhile and we'll hear him turn a conversation toward a parable, compact and elegant. Then there is Peter on the Day of Pentecost preaching his heart out in the first full-bodied evangelistic sermon. Next thing you know, three thousand are baptized.
But there is another kind of preaching that watches Nathan with his finger in David's face ("You are the man!"); that watches Jeremiah whose words and heart cracked flint-like against Israel's hard hearts till the sparks flew. This is preaching that takes its cues from Elijah and Isaiah and all their major and minor colleagues, right down ...