As preachers in the twenty-first century, we are given the task of the missionary translating the ancient message of the Scriptures into the language of a pluralistic, post-Christian, post-everything culture. This is an important and difficult calling.
But often we do the opposite. We speak the same foreign language we have been and expect outsiders to adapt instead of walking out the back door.
“We have made the gospel foreign to other cultures by asking people to convert to our culture to become Christians.” – Paul Hiebert
The preacher is called to preach the unchanging truth in new and different ways as he speaks to the people he is trying to reach. And he doesn’t that simply in the words he uses, in realizing who he preaches to, and in connecting that message to Monday morning.