“Part of me wishes to avoid proving the sordid truth: that preaching today is ordinarily poor. But I have come to recognize that many, many individuals today have never been under a steady diet of competent preaching. As a consequence, they are satisfied with what they hear because they have nothing better with which to compare it. … As starving children in Manila sift through the landfill for food, Christians in many churches today have never experienced genuinely soul-nourishing preaching and so they just pick away at what is available to them, trying to find a morsel of spiritual sustenance or helpful counsel here or there.
I was somewhat stunned by this quote from Why Johnny Can’t Preach by T. David Gordon. Ordinarily poor? Somehow I think that’s even more damning than being extraordinarily poor.
Gordon is passionate about his topic, and possibly overstates his case at times, but, sadly, his words ring too true. I know that I’ll be more aware of some of these issues as God give me opportunity to preach.