Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (Chicago: Moody Press, 2008), 208 pp., $22.99, hardcover.
Mohler is perhaps the clearest, most thoughtful, engaging voice in evangelicalism today. As a scholar who writes clearly and addresses issues affecting people in the pew, Mohler contributes to the discussion in any area in which he is writing. He is Not Silent is no exception. The president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville has written a poignant, modern call to expository preaching. This antidote is even more necessary today, when preaching is falling on hard times! With the poor state of preaching in the evangelical world today and many readers saying, “another book on preaching?” one must look at the content of Mohler’s book in detail to grasp how much it offers to preaching today in a postmodern world.
The structure of Mohler’s book is helpful as it leads off with a progressive and logical treatment of the issue of preaching. The preface of the book identifies the problems facing preaching today. Mohler identifies key issues facing preaching and areas where preaching is suffering today. This sets the stage by identifying the need in churches and the rest of the book provides the cure: expository preaching. Mohler’s first chapter outlines preaching as the heart of worship. He writes, “If we as pastors are truly serious about giving our people a true vision of God, showing them their own sinfulness, proclaiming to them the gospel of Jesus Christ, and encouraging them to obedient service in response to that gospel, they we will devote our lives to preaching the Word” (p. 38). All other issues aside, preaching is the hallmark and capstone of the evangelical worship service.
Mohler moves next to rightly ground preaching in the nature of the Triune God. God is a speaking God who communicates to His people in propositional revelation. Preaching’s ground and power is from God’s revelation ultimately of His Son who, through the cross,
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saves men for God. The Holy Spirit is the internal minister of the Word of God who applies it to the hearers’ hearts. “The preacher is a commissioned agent whose task is to speak because God has spoken, because the preacher has been entrusted with the telling of the gospel of the Son who saves, and because God has promised the power of the Spirit as the seal and efficacy of the preacher’s calling” (p. 48).
In chapter 3, Mohler develops a theology of exposition. He argues that authentic preaching ought to be expository. He looks at Deuteronomy 4 and the example of the preaching and hearing of the Word...
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