Communicating Untruth

Not too long ago I listened to a series of lectures on preaching by Bryan Chapell, president of Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. All the lectures were great, but one thing Dr. Chapell said that stuck with me was something he said about the love of God.

"To speak of the love of God in a way that does not move you is to actually speak untruth, as if it were really not that important."

The manner of the message you're trying to communicate is as important as the message of the message you're trying to communicate. If you talk about an earth-shattering truth without being moved, Chapel argues you're not communicating what you think you're communicating. In fact, you're communicating the opposite of what you intend.

I think Chapel's right. It makes me stop and think about how I'll talk about Christmas this week...