It ought to be a terrifying business to find yourself speaking the Word of God to the people of God. “Biblical preaching” should never be the slogan for noncontroversial, nostalgic piety, for the Bible tells about a covenant that shaped every aspect of people’s lives, prophets who challenged the powers-that-be, and a Christ murdered by the establishment of his time. These narratives of a vulnerable God are not safe stories. Indeed, the call to preach the Word of God may sometimes be a call to cause pain, to make yourself unpopular, to lose your job. The gospel of the crucified Jesus is not a safe retreat from the storms of contemporary social issues but sometimes the most direct and radical address to them that one can imagine.
– William C. Placher in Narratives of a Vulnerable God: Christ, Theology and Scripture (141)
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