Wednesday, August 12, 2009

David Platt on Biblical Literacy

David Platt is the pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. He recently gave what is being referred to as “the most powerful sermon in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference” (see below). Recently Collin Hansen interviewed him in Christianity Today. This is an very good interview and a worthy read. Here is one of Hansen’s questions and an excerpt of Platt’s answer…

CH: "All good evangelicals affirm the centrality of the Word. Still, we have a severe problem of biblical illiteracy. How do we go from knowing the Word is important to knowing what the Word actually says?"

DP: "We have severely dumbed down the Word, and shown a lack of trust in the sufficiency of the Word in the way we preach. We find it necessary to supplement it with entertaining stories and quips or good practical advice for living the Christian life that are not based in the Word. This deficiency transfers into people content with a little "Word for the Day," in a devotional book at best, as opposed to deep knowledge of Scripture. We're trying to hit at the problem from a variety of angles at Brook Hills. First of all, in worship we're quoting the Word, singing the Word, and engaging in intensive study. We'll study 55 minutes to an hour. We try to really saturate the community of faith with the Word when we gather together."

David Platt: SBC Pastors Conference 2009 from Todd Thomas on Vimeo.

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