I found this book to be one of the best introductory books I have read on Apocalyptic Literature in the Bible, and highly recommend it for anybody who wants to study, teach, or preach through any of the Apocalyptic books or sections of the Bible.
Many pastors are warning us about the problem of biblical illiteracy in the church today. I do not think it is that much of a problem. Here are 15 reasons why biblical illiteracy is not a problem in the church.
When people leave one church and start attending another, they often say they left because they were not getting fed. When I was a pastor, I told the people in my church this was okay (because I offered pretty meaty sermons and people came to our church from other churches). Now I am not so sure this was wise. We should not seek to feed people, but to mature people, which means they can feed themselves.
Some pastors steal my sermons. That’s okay, I guess. I just wish they would leave a thank you comment, or maybe give some credit in their sermons. What are your thoughts on stealing sermons and sermon plagiarism?
Should pastors get paid to preach the gospel? 1 Corinthians 9:14 seems to indicate that this is what Jesus commanded. What did Paul mean? If a pastor quotes 1 Corinthians 9:14 as a way to demand that the people he minister to should pay his salary, he is using 1 Corinthians 9:14 in exactly the opposite way that Paul was using it. Paul writes 1 Corinthians 9:14 in the context of explaining why he does not take money from the people he serves.