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When we preach, we don’t simply present a truth, make an offer or demonstrate the relevance of an ancient text. Every biblical passage is a heavenly assault on the unquestioned assumptions of a fallen world. That is to say, we don’t really live in a neutral world with some evil “out there” and some good information in the Bible.

The truth is that our entire world is upside down. Every cell in this universe is corrupted by the fall. Yet we love to live in the myth that we are objectively evaluating a normal reality. Then when extremes come before us, we are the arbiters who can discern what is extreme and what is not. This results in people listening to the Bible and trying to find something relevant, rather than hearing the absolute revolution it speaks into our fallen, me-first, self-loving, circumstances-determine-mood world.

So when we preach, what are we doing? Sure, we are presenting the truth of the passage. We are inviting people to meet the God who reveals Himself in His Word. We are showing that the ancient text is more relevant than anything we hold to be truly contemporary. But we are also bringing a heavenly critique of all that we believe to be normal.

Tomorrow I am preaching Psalm 46. It is a wonderful Psalm of comfort for people fearing the destabilization brought by human enemies. The LORD of hosts is with us, He is our fortress. That changes everything. He will utter and war will be defeated forever. Here we are, understandably concerned by what we see going on in the world, perhaps even fearing for our future and our children’s future. But the Bible challenges assumptions we don’t even recognize, and as we encounter the message of a passage like this one, we find our whole paradigms recalibrated to the reality we can’t see.

Peter Mead is involved in the leadership team of a church plant in the UK. He serves as director of Cor Deo—an innovative mentored ministry training program—and has a wider ministry preaching and training preachers. He also blogs often at and recently authored Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation (Christian Focus, 2014). Follow him on Twitter

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Chuck Patrick

commented on Aug 28, 2014

WOW...thank you my brother for your usual profound, yet simplified assessment of our calling. Thank you for reminding me of the irreducible minimum of God is great and we are not.

Tony Bland

commented on Aug 28, 2014

what did he say?

Timothy Moss

commented on Aug 30, 2014

I think he said we preach to crazy people in a crazy world, so you better believe what you preach yourself.

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