Preaching: is it lost?

A quote from Packer in Michael Fabarez’s Preaching that Changes Lives (xiv):

“Far too many pulpit discourses have been put together on wrong principles….Som have expounded biblical doctrine without applying it, thus qualifying as lectures rather than preachments (for lecturing aims only to clear the head, while preaching seeks to change the life); some have been no more than addresses focusing the present self-awareness of the listeners, but not at any stage confronting them with the Word of God….Such discourses are less than preaching…but because they were announced as sermons they are treated as preaching and people’s idea of preaching gets formed in terms of them, so that the true conception of preaching is forgotten.”

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