My God, the ogre in the sky (Bryan Chapell)

Yesterday I mentioned about my inability to live like I'm under grace. Part of what reminded me about my ineptitude is a book I'm reading for a preaching class I have.

Christ Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon (second edition), by Bryan Chapell.*

First I have to say this book started out boring as dirt and I wasn't sure if I was going to make it through. About half-way through I started to think it was a bit more interesting and then the entire last section is absolutely gripping. I would suggest it to any preacher.

Anyhow, on page 293 Chapell is talking about how we need to bring themes of redemption into our preaching. He mentions at one point about how he realized he had been teaching works/guilt based theology without even knowing it for months on end. Then this is what he says,

"The warping of faith and preaching occurs, however, with the belief that disciplines ward off God's ire or buy his favor. In such a case, the problem is not the biblical discipline we practice but the type of God we perceive."

And then my favorite line,

"He becomes the ogre in the sky who requires the daily satisfaction of our toil to dispense his favor or restrain his displeasure"

This is so who I am. Walking around everyday believing God to be a God of grace, but living like he is an ogre in the sky and will not continue to give his grace unless I have a longer quiet time every morning, or pray better.

That said, I need to go have a decent time of prayer this morning. But I just want you to think about the kind of God you perceive.

*ISBN: 978-0-8010-2798-7