Of course the words they use are ‘faithful’, ‘clear’, ‘helpful’ and ‘challenging’.
But we all know what they mean.
By the way – when did ‘faithful’ become a synonym for boring?
I want to be understood on this point – whenever I advocate gospel-alone evangelism - that is not a licence for boring preaching. There are illegitimate solutions to boring preaching of course. These involve taking a shallow gospel understanding and dressing it up with rhetorical flourish and cultural references. No – that’s not the solution.
But still, boring preaching is a big problem. Because Jesus is not boring. So how do we address this?
Go deeper with the gospel. Be more obsessed with that counter-intuitive word of the cross. Because this truly evangelical theology (which alone can make sense of the world) will speak into the world radically, surprisingly, provocatively.
If we’re not radical, surprising and provocative – we’re not just being ‘boring’, we’re also being ‘unfaithful’.