Architecture and Preaching

A guest article from “Expository Listening” by Ken Ramey (Copyright 2010). Excerpted by permission of Kress Biblical Resources.

“….Church architecture throughout history visibly chronicles the devaluation of preaching. In past times, pulpits were erected high above the congregation, and the preacher literally had to climb a flight of stairs to stand behind the pulpit. The loftiness of the pulpit represented the authority of God’s Word ruling over His people. Overtime, the pulpit was brought down to stage level. Then it was moved off to the side in many cases…….. In more recent years, the historic sacred desk made of wood that symbolized the grandeur and gravity of preaching has been replaced with the more stylish, glitzy Plexiglas lectern…. The high and lofty place of preaching has all but vanished from the contemporary church.”

With increasing devaluation of solid preaching and sound doctrine, has come a decline in reverence and Godly standards of living. We have settled for “milk” instead of coming to enjoy “strong meat.” Paul saw this kind of thing coming. In II Timothy 4:3, he warned Timothy, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” Thus, there have been spawned groups that have watered down, downplayed, and marginalized Scripture and undermined the Bible’s authority and reliability in the minds of their followers. Selah! Thank God, there are still those that demand and thrive on authoritative, unapologetic, Spirit anointed, in-depth preaching and teaching of the Word of God!   Ron

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1 thought on “Architecture and Preaching

  1. It is interesting how the physical decor can reflect the Spiritual state. The authority of the pulpit when rightly used by a man of God is a good thing. When the preacher uses it to bring authority and power to himself to get “his way” is not so good. May we who stand behind “the sacred desk” – whether regularly – or only occasionally – pay heed to the little plaque attached to some of the pulpits, “Sir, we would see Jesus.”

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