I am really digging the new track off The Good Shepherd Band's forth coming album Wake Up Sleeper. You can hear Where are the Persecuted on their MySpace page right here. You will be able to purchase the entire album as a pay-what-you-want download March 1st on their website.
"We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum."-- A.W. Tozer
Humble preaching is often mistaken and labeled as arrogant preaching. Many of us are guilty of slandering God's most faithful preachers with the charge of pride while we endorse preachers that possess a false humility. I attribute this to us allowing the false stories of modernity and post-modernity to redefine our terms. In Preaching As Though We Had Enemies, Stanley Hauerwas gives us this incredible paragraph:
The recognition of our created status produces not tolerance, but humility. Humility derives not from the presumption that no one knows the truth, but rather is a virtue dependent on our confidence that God’s word is truthful and good....Ironically, in the world in which we live if you preach with such humility you will more than likely be accused of being arrogant and authoritarian. To be so accused is a sign that the enemy has been engaged. After all, the enemy (who is often enough ourselves) does not like to be reminded that the narratives that constitute our lives are false. Moreover, you had better be ready for a fierce counteroffensive as well as be prepared to take some casualties. God has not promised us safety, but participation in an adventure called the Kingdom. That seems to me to be great good news in a world that is literally dying of boredom.
This article should be read in its entirety. Just know that it can get a bit dense in parts but is worth the effort.