From an interview of John MacArthur on “expository leadership” (watch from 11:45 to 12:35):
The money quote:
It’s very easy to be hard to understand. It only requires that you not know what you’re talking about. And if you don’t know what you’re talking about, nobody else will either.
It’s very hard to be crystal-clear because in order to be crystal-clear you have to have mastered the text.
The statement attributed to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes comes to mind: “I do not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my right arm for the simplicity on the far side of complexity.”
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After I drafted this blog post, I watched the rest of the above interview and was sad to hear how John MacArthur critiques John Piper (~36:16 to 39:07). He basically argues that Piper focuses on desiring God rather than Christ. For starters, see this and this and this as well as resources under the heading “Jesus Christ.”