Welcome to The Prow
Applying Scripture to Christ's people and to the surrounding culture
Why should a landlubber like myself name his blog after a part of a ship?
Because a prow is a great metaphor for how the church and the culture intersect. The Prow declares our belief that the Christian pulpit is the great culture maker of the world — for better or for worse.
Here’s the inspiration:
The pulpit is ever this earth's foremost part; all the rest comes in its rear; the pulpit leads the world. From thence it is the storm of God's quick wrath is first descried, and the bow must bear the earliest brunt. From thence it is the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favourable winds. Yes, the world's a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete; and the pulpit is its prow. — Moby Dick
The pulpit is the prow of the world. Wherever the pulpit goes, the world follows.
It’s not conferences with hotshot speakers. It’s not coalitions with ruminating eggheads. And it’s certainly not volumes of words on Substack. These have their place, but whatever power they have is downstream from the simple preaching of the Word of God.
Every culture, every community listens to a pulpit. If that community is faithful, they will listen to a man who will feed them the Word of God. If that community wishes to have their ears tickled, they will choose a hireling who will feed them only the words that their foolish hearts want to hear.
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