Puritan Board Senior
NOTE: Mortification of Spin is now a biweekly podcast. In the “off” weeks through the month of November, we’ll feature an encore episode of another Alliance podcast: Theology on the Go with Jonathan Master and James Dolezal. A new episode of “The Spin” is coming 10/27/21. Joel Beeke is a...
“Joel tells us why—for a long time—he wanted to write this book. He shares the distinctives of Reformed preaching, and explains what he means by “experiential preaching” by citing a few examples from the past. How can one preach experientially, and speak to the hearts of both believers and unbelievers in one single sermon?”
Dr. Beeke cites Zwingli as one of the first examples of experiential preaching.
Would Zwingli’s approach to preaching and theology differ from Calvin and, in particular, Luther, who, right or wrong, may have regarded Zwingli to be a ‘spiritualist’(?) (Similar to the way Luther regarded Carlstadt).
What does it mean to ‘speak to the heart?’ And how does the Bible instruct preachers in doing so?
Does experiential preaching put too much emphasis on the hearer? Or is it a proper emphasis?
I thought, ultimately, the gospel is not about us, but about Him. Primarily for His glory. Do we benefit from and partake in that glory? Of course. But should our ‘experience’ be at the center of preaching?