The Foolishness of Preaching

Making Sense of God's Word in a World That Doesn't Make Sense


There is a fundamental disconnect between what the world thinks and what is said in God’s word. This was true in the first century, and it’s still true in the 21st century. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1.21-25,

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach [KJV: the foolishness of preaching] to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

The idea of God coming in the flesh to die for mankind didn’t make sense from a Jewish perspective *or* a Greek perspective. But one of the major points of the good news and the way it unfolded is to force us to lay aside the world’s wisdom and submit ourselves to that which seems foolish: the wisdom of God.

The goal of anyone who sets out to preach the gospel–whether from the pulpit, the dining room table, or the written word–is to “give the sense” of God’s inspired word. It is our job to help people make sense of God’s word so that they can devote themselves to God’s will. That is what the material on this website is intended to do. To some extent, this site serves as a repository and archive for sermons that have been preached or articles written for work at various congregations. However, it also contains original material that is intended to make God’s word make sense, especially in the context of a world that very often doesn’t make sense.

Carl Peterson is a follower of Jesus and a husband. He preached for a small congregation in Kentucky for about five years (while working full time), until moving to Texas. He normally worships with the Downtown church of Christ in Granbury, Texas, but is currently helping the Eastside church of Christ in Ranger, Texas, with some of the Bible class teaching and pulpit work while they are between full-time preachers. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and works during the week as a bookkeeper for a CPA firm.