In a recent issue of his “Ministry Toolbox” newsletter, Rick Warren offers this: “Jesus taught profound truths in simple ways. Today, we do the opposite. We teach simple truths in profound ways.

“Sometimes when pastors think they are being ‘deep,’ they are really just being ‘muddy.’ They like to show off their knowledge by using Greek words and academic terms. No one cares as much about the Greek as pastors do. Chuck Swindoll once told me that he believes an overuse of word studies in preaching discourages confidence in the English text. I agree.

“It’s easy to complicate the gospel, and of course, Satan would love for us to do just that. The apostle Paul worried that ‘your minds would be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ’ (2 Corinthians 11:3).

“And remember, simple doesn’t mean shallow. Simple doesn’t mean simplistic. Simple means being clear and understandable. For instance, ‘This is the day the Lord has made’ is simple while, ‘Have a nice day!’ is simplistic.

“Most people today communicate with a vocabulary of less than 2,000 words and rely on only about 900 words in daily use. If you want to communicate with most people, you need to keep it simple.

“I consider being called a simple preacher a compliment. I’m interested in seeing lives changed, not in impressing people with my ‘erudition.’ I’d rather be clear than complex.” (Click here to read the full article.)

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