Preaching with a Tender Fierceness

This morning, John Piper posted a short blog on what preachers should aspire for.  I think it’s extremely valuable:

Especially on Sundays, preaching is paramount in a pastor’s life. When we prepare to preach, we remember that our words should fall “as gentle rain upon the tender grass” and “like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.” Such speaking is not simple. Pray for us.

Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distil as the dew,
as the gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and as the showers upon the herb.
For I will proclaim the name of the LORD.
Ascribe greatness to our God! (Deuteronomy 32:1-3)

Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD,
and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:29)