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I’m always mindful of where I’m preaching. If I’m in the heart of a Christian community, I just let fly with all my Christian language and theology. If I know there may be people coming in from all over, I try to preach something that will sound like good news to everybody sitting there.

Barbara Brown Taylor, on preaching, in the April 2009 issue of Baptists Today. We can probably all appreciate the good intentions behind this statement, but isn’t this a quite different approach from Pentecost and Mars Hill, not to mention the preaching of Jesus, which sounded like bad news (in the short run) and really good news (in the long run), instead of the other way around?

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.

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About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.

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