A Man Walks Into A Bar...

A man walks into a bar, 
he sees two pieces of 
meat hanging from the 
ceiling. He asks the barman, 
"Why are those two pieces of
meat hanging from the ceiling?"

The barman replies, "It's 

a competition which we 
run every night. If you 
can jump up and touch 
the meat, you get free 
drinks for the whole night."

"Great!" says the man, 

"but what if I can't
reach them?"

"Then you have to buy 

all the drinks for everyone 
all night," the barman answers.

"Do you want to try?"

"No, but thanks anyway."

"Why not?" asks the barman.

"The steaks are too high."


Professor Howdy said...

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99
cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money."

Benjamin - Georgia Tech said...

My wife doesn't complain often, but once she was having a
old-fashioned "heart-to-heart" with me and said, "Hon, you
never listen to me. Every time I try to talk to you, you
get this far-away look in your eyes after only a few seconds.
Please promise me you'll try to work on that."

The last thing I remember was replying, "I'm sorry, what
was that you were saying?"

Dr. Al Mohler said...

Biblical Authority & The Preacher

The inaugural issue of Christianity Today, dated October 15, 1956, featured
an article by Billy Graham entitled, "Biblical Authority in Evangelism." The
thrust of the article was clear -- without an unhesitant "thus saith the
Lord" authority in preaching and evangelism, the message lacks all
authority. The only authority that matters, Dr. Graham insisted, was the
authority of the Bible as the Word of God.

Indeed, this confidence in biblical authority was, at least in part, the
reason for the establishment of Christianity Today as the flagship journal
of American evangelicalism under the editorship of Carl. F. H. Henry.

Now, over a half-century after the publication of that article, Angie Ward
of Leadership magazine began with Dr. Graham's article and then asked five
preachers -- What, if anything, has changed?

I was pleased to answer her questions and to participate in the project. She
also interviewed David Anderson, pastor of Bridgeway Community Church in
Columbia, Maryland; John M. Buchanan, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church
in downtown Chicago and editor and publisher of The Christian Century;
Tullian Tchividjian is a grandson of Billy Graham and the senior pastor at
New City Church in Margate, Florida; and Rick Warren, founding pastor of
Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.

Her article, "Biblical Authority & Today's Preacher," is based on those
interviews. The preachers interviewed represent something of a cross-section
of American Protestantism, with John Buchanan representing liberal
Protestantism and its most historic publication, The Christian Century (the
very magazine to which Christianity Today was established to serve as an

Suggesting the Old Testament prophets as models for preaching, Dr. Graham
had referred to preachers as "mouthpieces for God." The magazine then asked
if we should consider today's preacher to be a mouthpiece for God.

I answered:

I am certainly supposed to be a mouthpiece for Scripture, a human instrument
through which the Scripture is heard and received by God's people. But the
human preacher's authority only reaches the human ear. It is only God
himself who can take his word from the human ear to the human heart.

I stand by this answer, and by the large comments I made in the interview
about the fact that the preacher is actually a mouthpiece for God only when
the Word of God is rightly preached. As the Reformers made clear, preaching
is the means by which God speaks to His people as a gathered community.
Through the preached Word and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, God actually
speaks to His people.

Dr. John Buchanan answered:

We need to be very careful about that. So many people have abused this,
preachers need to be very careful before claiming they are God's mouthpiece.
I think the preacher needs to be suggestive and not declarative. There are
times in history when people (like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther
King) were called with some authority to say, "This is wrong." But we need
to be cautious. One of our central doctrines is that we all fall short of
the glory of God. Sin touches all of us. Our call is to study, pray, discern
the word, then convey it to people.

The key issue here is his proposal that preaching should be "suggestive and
not declarative." While the preacher must be modest concerning himself, his
own abilities, and his inherent inadequacies, the preacher must not be
merely suggestive in the pulpit. The "suggestive and not declarative"
approach well defines most liberal Protestant preaching, but I think it also
explains the decline of those churches and denominations. The earlier loss
of confidence in the authority of the Bible inevitably leads to a declining
authority of the pulpit.

As Martin Luther remarked, "Yes, I hear the sermon; but who is speaking? The
minister? No indeed! You do not hear the minister. True, the voice is his;
but my God is speaking the Word which he preaches or speaks. Therefore I
should honor the Word of God that I may become a good pupil of the Word."


Luther source: Luther's Works, vol. 47, p. 229.

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Avez-vous su que Dieu vous aime ?
Wußten Sie, daß Gott Sie liebt?
Avete saputo che il dio li ama?
Você soube que o deus o ama?
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Professor Howdy said...

Dans le commencement était le mot,
et le mot était avec Dieu, et le
mot était Dieu. Il était dans le
commencement avec Dieu. Toutes les
choses ont été faites par lui, et
sans lui rien n'a été fait qui a
été fait. Dans lui était la vie,
et la vie était la lumière des

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Avez-vous su que Dieu vous aime ?
Wußten Sie, daß Gott Sie liebt?
Avete saputo che il dio li ama?
Você soube que o deus o ama?
¿Usted sabía que el dios le ama?

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