though story-telling, enticing rhetoric, and flashy points are often good tools for engaging people in the word. It often masks the truth of what we are trying to relay, as if we need those tools to up the excitement factor of the actual content of our message.
"It is the dogma that is the drama--not beautiful phrases, nor comforting sentiments, nor vague aspiration to loving-kindness and uplift, nor the promise of something nice after death--but the terrifying assertion that the same God who made the world, lived in the world and passed through the grave and gate of death. Show that to the heathen, and they may not believe it; but at least they may realize that here is something that a man might be glad to believe." --Dorothy Sayers, Letters to a Diminished Church
Maybe I thought about this because Fergus MacDonald gave a great talk tonight about engaging scripture in a postmodern context. He did it mostly in a monotone voice and he definitely wasn't there to entertain. But i was drawn in. I was drawn in by truth, not by rhetoric. By scripture not by anecdotes. And by exposition, not entertainment.