What I don’t want said about my preaching (via Rich Mullins)

Rich Mullins gives his testimony in the preface to The Ragamuffin Gospel, a book that was given to me while in college. It’s a book you should read. Like, yesterday. Here’s a tidbit from the preface:

I have attended church regularly since I was less than a week old. I’ve listened to sermons about virtue, sermons against¬†vice. I have heard about money, time management, tithing, abstinence, and generosity. I’ve listened to thousands of sermons. . . but I could count on one hand the number [of sermons] that were a simple proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.

(Rich Mullins, “Testimony,” preface to The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning, 11)

The message of the gospel – that the good news of Jesus breaks the power of sin and self-righteousness is the message that we must herald when we preach, and witness to when we evangelize. This is my prayer, and may it be yours.