Thabiti Anyabwile, Louis Love, and Tony Carter come up on the porch to talk about the lines pastors shouldn’t cross, as mandated by Scripture and suggested by wisdom, in their preaching. They answer questions that can be summed up as, “How far is too far? How much is too much? When is relevance irreverent?” After all, “a lot of inappropriateness in the pulpit is because we can be some inappropriate dudes!” one of the brothers suggests — which is timely wisdom considering the recent dustup with Jamaal Bryant

But what about preaching from manuscripts — should preaching only be done extemporaneously? “Well if you don’t plan what you gon’ say, you gon’ say what you don’t plan — and you and everyone else will hear it,” Tony Carter reminds us. C’mon up and join the conversation as these brothers discuss young preachers’ desire to be clever and why preaching is “sacred speech.”

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  • Avatar Creston Thomas says:

    “when you use pop culture references; they clearly have to be in service to the Christian truth….or quote it in away that the truth is more edible”
    Come on up on the porch and get a good word!

  • Avatar Larry Miles says:

    I’d say you’re better off, not using references to pop-culture. It may be novel and entertaining, but the Holy Spirit is only obligated to bring the Word of God, back to our remembrance, when we most need it. I’ve heard preachers, say they use humor to tie truth around your neck. Well, the scriptures are so, “truth,” you’d be using humor throughout the whole time. #notagoodlook

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