Preaching As An Interdisciplinary Discipline

A word of encouragement for those preaching the gospel this weekend:

DEFINITION: “An interdisciplinary field is a field of study that crosses traditional boundaries between academic disciplines or schools of thought, as new needs and professions have emerged.”

Preaching is an interdisciplinary discipline.

When you open the Bible and share timeless truths, you are not speaking into a vacuum. You are preaching across disciplines. You are preaching into the realm of economics, politics, ethics, science, technology, biology, and the list could go on and on.

Don’t think your job as a preacher is merely to proclaim the Word of God. If that is the case, your people could just listen to an audio Bible. Why do they need you? Why do they need a preacher?

Like Ezekiel, you are called to preach to dry bones. You are called to speak into culture. You are called to help connect the dots between the gospel and the Sitz im Leben (situation in life) of your flock.

Don’t shrink back. The gospel demands that you preach to culture. The gospel demands that you speak into the various domains of daily life. The gospel demands that you show the glory of Christ in light of our current need and God’s eternal purposes.

He is worthy. He is sufficient. He is strong enough to stand up against, and reign supreme over, all the disciplines. The Bible says, “The Heavens declare the glory of God.” This is an interdisciplinary claim. God’s glory in and over all things is the message of the preacher.

May you preach this glory as the metanarrative of life, as the interdisciplinary explanation of the cosmos, this weekend.