“We are insane”

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
– Rita Mae Brown, Sudden Death (Bantam, 1983)

Saint Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael (1515(

Saint Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael (1515)

Isaiah, like all the Old Testament prophets, preached, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isa 55:7).

The Apostle Paul says, “And how are they to hear without someone preaching? … So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:14, 17). And what did he preach? “We preach Christ crucified” (1Cor 1:23).

Isaiah and all the prophets were insane. Paul and all the apostles were insane. Reformed pastors are all insane. We keep doing the same worship service with its ministry of the Word and Sacrament over and over again every Lord’s Day. And then we expect a different result:

That sinners who hear the same gospel and never react will repent and believe.

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