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Preach Like They Sang

I love listening to the songs of the Freedom Movement…

You know where they followed the African American Slaves and took songs from the past and altered them to speak to them and encourage them as they fought for freedom in the 60s.

Listen to this song


They took Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round…And added some new verses…like Ain’t Gonna Let Segregation Turn Me Round…

Or

Ain’t Gonna Let Jim Crow Turn Me Round…

Or

Ain’t Gonna Let Bull Conner…
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Is All Church Growth Good?

Medical Doctor Phillip Mills writes about the infatuation many have with some popular church growth approaches. Certainly we can question whether it is God’s intention that every church turn into a Mega Church, which I sincerely doubt. But what Mills does is question whether we are worrying about the quality of growth as much as the quantity of growth.

Some have talked about this when speaking about the retention rates or the spiritual growth of those who join. It is problematic when we equate success to putting church hoppers in seats while the total number of members of the Kingdom remains the same in the city. We simply shuffle the church folk from one church to the new church with the big choir and the great preacher. Mills addresses these issues in a helpful way from a physician’s point of view.
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Bipolar Preaching in the Creation of Sermons

The next pattern is Bipolar preaching. This is a pattern that derives from the work of the 19th century preacher from England named F. W. Robinson. In this method you seek to find truth in the dialectic between two opposing ideas. You don’t try to harmonize them but you create an interplay between them.

This method is almost like the Dialectic method we described before. In the dialectic you take an thesis which is ideal and then a antithesis which is a partial truth that attacks the ideal in some way and then the sermon is a synthesis of the two perspectives. This method might have a synthesis, but you have two partial truths. The ideal emerges from the interplay of these two partial truths.

These two views can be different perspectives in the scripture itself. For example you might take Paul and James understanding of justification by faith and talk about their different perspectives and their different groups that they were writing to and how that effects their presentation. You also might use it to talk about a doctrine. Instead of apparently different perspectives in the scripture itself, you also might look at different interpretations of the doctrine or scripture. For example, one might look at the doctrines of justification and Sanctification from the angle of a Calvanist versus an Arminian.