June 29th, 2010, 10:34 AM
Pastoring a few years ago I was awakened to the fact that my preaching lacked an important element: Jesus. I found it easier to preach principles and generally accepted truths about Christianity, but not much of my content was Jesus focused. Now, we all understand that trinitarian faith is important and in no way am I suggesting we dilute that. Bear with me here! The world is suffering from JDD (Jesus Deficit Disorder). Seriously folks, we have let Christianity become more about political agendas, self help principles and success. Len Sweet and Frank Viola argue for the restoration of Christ-centered living. I found this widely acclaimed book very refreshing and I think you will too! In fact, it peaked at #6 on Amazon recently and still remains high on the best seller list. A denomination that bears the name of Jesus the Nazarene can only be strengthened by putting more emphasis on Jesus himself.