In a sermon, David Jeremiah, a cancer survivor, presented a hypothetical case: “What if an oncologist examined a patient and said to him, ‘Your blood pressure is perfect, and your cholesterol is at an acceptable level. Your skin is healthy, and your reflexes are good. Have a good day.’

“Then suppose the patient left and the nurse turned to the physician and said, ‘but doctor, you didn’t tell him the tests show he has cancer.’ The doctor replied, ‘Well, that is true, but I just didn’t want to ruin his day.’”

Our calling is to proclaim biblical truth, even when it may not be well received. That doesn’t mean being belligerent or confrontational for its own sake, but it does mean being faithful to present God’s truth with grace and confidence.

What a tragedy if, either out of fear or apathy, we fail to share divine truth and our people suffer because of our unwillingness to be faithful to our callings.

Michael Duduit
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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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