Here are three separations often occurring in pulpits that are sad, to say the least:
The separation of leadership and preaching – I’ve mentioned this before, probably after reading Michael Quicke’s 360-Degree Leadership. In some churches, especially those that have to, or choose to, rely on visiting speakers, there is an unfortunate separation of preaching from leadership. The result tends to be preaching that is informative, perhaps even impressive, but not truly pastoral.
The separation of theology and application – It’s sad to see a situation where the riches of theology have supposedly been plumbed, and yet there hasn’t been the appropriate and necessary emphasis on application. Is theology truly preached if it is only offered as informational instruction rather than transformational preaching?
The separation of gospel and text – Perhaps somewhat different, it is sad to see that in some situations the gospel is preached, but without genuine reference to the text. That is to say, the text is presented, but rather than preached, it offers a springboard to a generic gospel presentation. Better the gospel than no gospel, but much better the gospel well rooted in God’s Word.
Any other sad pulpit separations you’ve noticed?