Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Why do they listen?

In the latest volume in his epic work on worship Hughes Oliphant Old includes an insightful article on the preaching of John MacArthur.

His concluding paragraph moves me deeply.

Why do so many people listen to MacArthur, this product of all the wrong schools? How can he pack out a church on Sunday morning in an age in which church attendance has seriously lagged? Here is a preacher who has nothing in the way of a winning personality, good looks, or charm. Here is a preacher who offers us nothing in the way of sophisticated homiletical packaging. No one would suggest that he is a master of the art of oratory. What he seems to have is a witness to true authority. He recognizes in Scripture the Word of God, and when he preaches, it is Scripture that one hears. It is not that the words of John MacArthur are so interesting as it is that the Word of God is of surpassing interest. That is why one listens.

Read the entire article HERE.


toothdoc said...

Sounds like another preacher I know. Except he is all sissyfied and into photography and gardening.

btw, awesome sermon on Easter. I needed that message this morning.

Todd Pruitt said...


It's always good to hear from you. Of course I am also way into interpretive dance as well!

Thanks for the kind words about the sermon.

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