Carl Trueman on Preaching and Self-Reference

Trueman acknowledges that we live in a relational age and that self-reference is sometimes useful, but he gives the following warning which I think is very wise:

If somebody spends more time in the pulpit talking about themselves than about the Bible and Christ, then they are preaching themselves and not Christ crucified.  If they talk about themselves for twenty minutes and expound the Bible for twenty minutes, that is a twenty minute sermon, not a forty minute one; and it feeds the cult of personality, not the body of Christ.

Here’s a link to the whole article:

Preaching and Self-Reference – Reformation21 Blog.


About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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