Why Preaching Has Declined

I would not hesitate to put in the first position [for the decline]: the loss of belief in the authority of the Scriptures, and a diminution in the belief of the Truth. I put this first because I am sure it is the main factor. If you have not got authority, you cannot speak well, you cannot preach. Great preaching always depends upon great themes. Great themes always produce great speaking in any realm, and this is particularly true, of course, in the realm of the Church. While men believed in the Scriptures as the authoritative Word of God and spoke on the basis of that authority you had great preaching. But once that went, and men began to speculate, and to theorize, and to put up hypotheses and so on, the eloquence and the greatness of the spoken word inevitably declined and began to wane. You cannot really deal with speculations and conjectures in the same way as preaching had formerly dealt with the great themes of the Scriptures. But as belief in the great doctrines of the Bible began to go out, and sermons were replaced by ethical addresses and homilies, and moral uplift and sociopolitical talk, it is not surprising that preaching declined. I suggest that this is the first and the greatest cause of this decline.

—Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Preaching and Preachers

Via: Colin Adams

The Joy Eternal

Kenneth Padgett, a member of Treasuring Christ Church in Raleigh, NC, which is a church plant of Bethlehem Baptist Church, has created a musical experience called The Joy Eternal.

The first song being released is called Finally Alive and is based on John Piper’s book by the same title.

Finally Alive

I was dead and depraved and I loved my sin
I was lifeless in the grave of hopelessness

But I’m Finally Alive
I’ve been made new
I’m satisfied in You
And these dead bones live
And this new heart beats
For You

You, in Your loving kindness healed my blindness and let me see.
Now I can see and savor, enjoy forever Your majesty!

I’m Finally Alive
I’ve been made new
I’m satisfied in You
And these dead bones live
And this new heart beats
For You

Kenneth is presently working on several more songs that will be released sometime soon as an EP. To learn more about The Joy Eternal you can join the Facebook group or follow them on Twitter.

Via: Desiring God Blog