Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dew and Hammers

The title of this blog is borrowed from a post made by Pastor John Piper on April 6, 2008.

He wrote, "Especially on Sundays, preaching is paramount in a pastor’s life. When we prepare to preach, we remember that our words should fall 'as gentle rain upon the tender grass' and 'like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.' Such speaking is not simple. Pray for us."

He quoted two Old Testament passages that have profoundly shaped me:

Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
as the gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and as the showers upon the herb.
For I will proclaim the name of the LORD.
Ascribe greatness to our God (Deut. 32:1-3)!

Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD,
and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces (Jer. 23:29)?

I have heard Doug Wilson say, "Hard words make soft people." And he's right. But soft words make soft people too. The tight-rope walk for pastors is to know when to let dew fall or hammers break. This blog is one attempt to engage that tension. Pray for me.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the tension of motherhood (parenthood) and discipline. Thanks for making this blog Justin..Brandi linked me. -tm