Piper on Young Speakers and Preachers

Several people have asked me where I learned to preach to which I often answer, “Mostly by listening to John Piper sermons.” And that’s not much of an exaggeration. Thus, I was fascinated by Pastor John’s answer to this week’s APJ video (embedded below).

I’d love to hear back from you, dear readers, especially those of you apologetics students (past and present), on the follow comment:

“You don’t become an effective preacher by becoming a loquacious and effective communicator at age sixteen. You become a clever communicator, but you don’t become a preacher of the holy things of God.”

One thought on “Piper on Young Speakers and Preachers

  • August 29, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I think he said it well (as John Piper usually does). In the case of a young clever communicator, communication seems to be seen as more of an end in itself. For a preacher, communication seems to be a tool, a means by which to reach an end – the end being sharing a message that is so important, so convicting, and so impactful that a man becomes a preacher in order to share it. I guess what I’m trying to say is that a man doesn’t become a preacher because of his communication method, he becomes a preacher because of his content and his communication method follows afterwards, essentially being educated by his content. Am I making any sort of sense?

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