Went to listen to Paul Tripp at Christ Church Midrand last night. I love meeting with those guys, they make me feel part of something bigger than myself. Anyway, there’d been quiet a build up around Mr Tripp. He didn’t disappoint, I walked away a bit enlightened, very entertained and kinda amused (boy can that guy turn a
tail [scratch that [sic]. My mother pointed out that dogs have tails but Paul tells tales. Gosh, you’d think I’d have known that by now.]!).
After the talk a young Christian came up to me and noted how fun the talk was, how captivating and engaging the topic was but how different it was to the sermons that he hears at church on Sundays. It was a great observation. In fact without knowing it he’d picked up on the difference between expository preaching and topical teaching (and could point out which was more edifying too).
Thing is Paul didn’t bother with exposition much: He catapulted off a single verse into a running series of amusing analogies and funny antidotes, tying it all up together at the end into a nice neat little parcel. It was appropriate for a midweek breakaway (in fact our Bible study chose to skip our regular meeting to go through and listen to him). Topical talks have their place and I enjoyed the two I listened to. It was like going to the movies… expect we didn’t have popcorn… or Coke… and the lights stayed on :P.
I’ve been posting really boring stuff lately so I thought that I’d give this post a little less thought. Below you can see my notes from the evening. The pictures represent long stories that he used to illustrate points. The boxed quotes are a delivery techniques he used that preceeded important points. “I’m deeply persuaded…” or, very slowly, “Hear… what… I’m… about… to… say” (I want to get better at using stuff like that).
The key quotes from the first session Parenting the Heart of Your Child (ok, I can’t remember the actual title) were, “There’s nothing that comes out of the mouth of a drunk which wasn’t there in the first place” and “We cannot hope the law will do what only grace can accomplish”.
The second session, Dealing with Marriage, was particually amusing. The quotes I enjoyed were, “I want, I want, I want. I want to reduce my world down to a claustrophobic kingdom of one” and “You’ll never understand the horizontal war until you understand what its rooted in.”