Passion

Okay, at least the title garnered a few readers!

The kind of passion I’m talking about today is passion in preaching. Recently I read Byron Yawn’s new book Well-driven Nails: The Power of Finding Your Own Voice. This book deals entirely with the topic of sermon delivery, and it is excellent. Look for a full review in the next issue of Themelios. Yawn offers no “Gesture here” “Look solemn there” “Raise your voice at this point” kind of stuff. The book is about simplicity, clarity, and passion as the three indispensable qualities of good preaching.

Near the end of the book, Yawn (yes, that’s his real name; kind of unfortunate for a preacher!) writes about passion with passion. The following is one of the best paragraphs I’ve read in a long, long time. I just had to share it.

“Passion does not take on one form. Its manifestations are as diverse as the men called to preach. It may show up in an awkward silence, or a detailed explanation, or a laugh or a tear. Passion embodies the preacher. It’s organic, not manufactured. Sincere passion emerges from a man confronted by the text, crushed by the cross, enraged by his sin, overjoyed by grace, abandoned to the Gospel, compelled by his calling and desperate for his people It is a man simutaneously taking hold of a nail-pierced hand and a pulpit” (p. 103).

Amen! That’s not just excellent writing, that’s excellent theology.

One Response to “Passion”

  1. Debbie says:

    Great quote, thanks Pastor.