Donald Macleod was my homiletics professor in seminary and doctoral advisor.
So blame him.
Be that as it is, he railed regularly against the pulpiteering pathology of saying nothing eloquently. He'd say, "When you are given the privilege to preach, say something for Christ's sake!"
Dr. Macleod went home to Jesus on January 20, 2008 at 94.
Though I knew him too much better than most, which everyone is saying now that he's gone, I was surprised when he was the 7th headline on my favorite website for finding out what's really going on in my franchise on February 20 (viz., www.presbyweb.com).
He wouldn't have liked that; for he often considered himself to be "The Prince of Princeton's Preachers."
He had confidence born of competence coupled with consistent caring.
His Presbyterian Worship: Its Meaning and Method remains the standard and now classic on truly Reformed liturgics; and I'll never forget laughing with him over one of those well-done steaks at the Nassau Inn as he recalled declining his editor's request to drop "Presbyterian" from the title to increase marketability.
He was that kind of guy.
Later in life and long after we finished our doctoral connection, we got in his Cadillac on a Friday night and he said he wanted to share something which had become especially special to him.
We ended up in a Pentecostal worship service!
He wasn't afraid to drop labels when lampstands were removed.
See the quote in the first section of today's edition.
BHO's pastor Jeremiah Wright comes to mind.
My mentor would be...[is]...horrified by the rationalizations of his crude, lewd, and lying sermons.
They're on tape!
He did say those things and he did make Elvis' pelvic-thrusting look amateurish.
We're being told crackers can't understand JW's style or substance because it's a cultural distinctive.
It's so pathetic to hear cultural invoked as some kind of pass, rationalization, or otherwise inane excuse for something silly, stupid, or sinful.
I'm so tired of people making excuses for pathological lying, serial adultery, and all of the rest because I don't understand that, to quote, "It's cultural."
It reminds me of the JEDP nonsense which we often referred to as the CRAP theory of the Torah's authorship.
Knowing how some folks claim elephants are mice with glandular problems, I guess we can pretend Jeremiah Wright really didn't say what he meant or mean what he said.
Give the guy some credit.
Though he doesn't need to believe in Jesus or affirm Biblical authority to be a member of a mainline franchise like the UCC, most mainliners do graduate from seminaries with decent speech departments which are very long on style and very short on substance.
If you think he didn't say what he meant or mean what he said, go back to the first clause of this section.
On the other hand, I'm glad Dr. Macleod is in heaven; 'cause I know he'd be upset with the mainline for employing pulpiteers, especially ones with lots of perks who work really hard on being all things to all people regardless of how it relates to Jesus so nobody really knows what they really believe and don't believe because most mainliners want it that way anyway and will take away those perks if they're salted more than salved, who have learned to say nothing eloquently.
That explains that fateful Friday night special for me.
Thanks, Big Mac!
Blessings and Love!