Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Old vs. New: Authors, Preachers, Theologians

"The reading of good sermons is the most underrated kind of Christian literature on the market today. In former centuries, the reading of sermons was the bulk of the mature Christian's reading diet. Most Puritan books, for example, are sermons edited for print. Sermon reading keeps believers in the Word, matures the soul, and whets the appetite for good preaching. It promotes Christ-centered thinking, healthy self-examination, and godly piety in every sphere of life. Though nothing can replace the Word preached, sermon reading has one advantage over preaching—the sermons that made it into print are usually the minister's best! Tolle Lege—'pick up and read' great sermon books, especially those of past centuries that are packed with spiritual meat." —Joel Beeke
Have you ever noticed the vast difference between books of old and modern-day books?  Have you ever noticed the difference between devotionals by people such as Charles Spurgeon and those put out by The Daily Bread? The difference is meat versus pablum; depth versus shallowness; soul filling versus soul hungering. Compare any of the works of any of the Puritans to the works of people like Max Lucado. The old writings were Christ-centered, written by men in touch with God, bringing you to the cross. The new writings focus too much on self. If there is one bit of advice I might be able to pass off to you, it would be this: Go old!