It is sometimes a peculiar pitfall of Reformed preaching to treat it as a mechanical process through which the Spirit of God operates, rather than as a dynamic relationship of dependence upon a divine person. John Owen once remarked that if we removed the person and work of the Holy Spirit, we may as well burn our Bibles (Owen, Works, III, 192). The same holds true for preaching. Without the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, our preaching becomes powerless to save or to sanctify anyone. In Preaching in the Holy Spirit, Al Martin has singled out briefly one of the most vital ingredients missing from modern preaching.
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Issue: "The Cross and the Crescent" July/August 2012 Vol. 21 No. 4 Page number(s): 51-52
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