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So, Why Can’t Johnny Preach?

March 21, 2011

Peter Mead reviews Why Johnny Can’t Preach.

A few problems with many preachers today, according to T David Gordon:

True preaching requires close examination and study of a quality text, something non-readers have no experience of today.  People don’t study classical languages.  They don’t read literature.  They aren’t equipped to really study a text.   People read for content, but don’t learn to look at how a text communicates.

True preaching requires careful composition.  But people don’t write letters anymore.  They talk on the phone. Instead of careful composition, we live in a day of easy and cheap talk.

True preaching requires a sensibility of the significant.  But the only way to watch hours of television is to turn off such sensibility, so most do.

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One comment

  1. […] Collin Hansen at The Gospel Coalition posts this excerpt from Peter Mead’s review of Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Has Shaped the Message by T. David Gordon: True preaching requires close examination and study of a quality text, something non-readers have no experience of today.  People don’t study classical languages.  They don’t read literature.  They aren’t equipped to really study a text.   People read for content, but don’t learn to look at how a text communicates. […]



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