Tuesday is for Preaching
We might as well abandon chapel at our Christian Colleges and Seminaries. We fill them with drivel. Announcements about campus thing this, or denominational thing that, or district thing this, or student/faculty thing that. We let speakers speak who seem to be interested in entertaining or promoting rather than exalting the Risen Savior.
John Piper puts it well:
“Our people need to hear God-entranced preaching. They need someone, at least once a week, to lift up his voice and magnify the supremacy of God. . . . most of our people have no one in the world to tell them, week in and week out, about the supreme beauty and majesty of God.”
John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching, p. 11-12.
I can’t say Amen loud enough on this brilliant observation by Dr. Piper. This is one of my main beefs with almost every Christian College and Seminary chapel in America.
Stop allowing chapel to be boring.
Stop making chapel at our Christian colleges and Seminaries something that has to be endured with your endless announcements and politically correct list of speakers. Don’t let just anyone preach there. Only let those communicators who can enthrall the heart of our brightest minds with an intoxicating vision of Jesus.
Make chapel a “can’t miss” experience for every student. Inspire them with a vision of Jesus that makes them go out the door saying,
“I will do anything, I will go anywhere, I will endure anything for the glorious Lord and Savior I just saw in the message of that chapel speaker.”
And pastors, do that every Sunday. Make that your goal every Sunday. Some will hate you. Do it anyway because Jesus is worth it.
School is out for the summer. If you are a Christian College Alum and you think this post is anywhere close to the mark, send the link to whoever it is at your alma mater who organizes chapel and challenge them to plan on something different and more challenging for the fall.
I was due a good rant.