In a prominent IFB church with a pastor with a D.Min from well-known IFB school, the sermon begins. The pastor reads his text from Genesis 27 and within five minutes is warning against the danger of children having television sets in their rooms. In the evening service another text from Genesis is chosen and during the course of the message the pastor explains why husbands should be the primary operators of the family car. I hear this and I ask myself, "Do these men ever listen to themselves?"
I've long wondered why people sit under "Shaap Happy" preachers who rant about slapping grandma but I'm becoming concerned about the quality of preaching in some, perhaps many, of our fundamental pulpits.
When I first began to preach, I was advised to listen to my own sermons, to transcribe them, and then to evaluate myself. This evaluation consisted of a number of things. How much of the sermon was spent on things that had nothing to do with the text? Did my statements (claims) have Biblical proof (warrant)? Did the sermon have a purpose and was that purpose clear?
When I was in seminary, I wound up attending a church where the preaching exalted Christ, was doctrinally sound, was expository in nature and was virtually devoid of funny stories, personal illustrations and references to people in the congregation. I love good preaching. I still read a lot of Spurgeon and I'm hearing good stuff from other sources. But I'm wondering if part of the problem in the exodus of the younger generation is that our preaching is either solid as a rock and just as hard and dry or lacking substance.