T. David Gordon knows and has given us the answer. Here.
I have read a lot of books about preaching preaching but, from my experience, this is the most important that has ever crossed my desk. It is a short book… an easy read in a couple of hours… but its packs a punch.
The book is convicting to me as a preacher but more so as a person. The preaching in our pulpits is deficient because we are devolving as humans. We are losing our ability to preach because we are losing our ability to think, to read, and to write. The evidence is ubiquitous… we live in a YouTube world.
However, Dr. Gordon gives us pause to consider ministerial formation. What does it take to be a Minister of the Word (not the spiritual sense but in the intellectual and humane sense)? Gordon calls us to be readers of literature and poetry. A century ago you could expect your Minister to be well read, and well rounded. Is this still the case? If not, what do we do about it?