Well-Known Korean Pastor Speaks at Golden Gate Seminary
Dr. Daniel Dongwon Lee, founder and senior pastor of Global Mission Church in Bundang,
South Korea, was the 2009 Hester Lecture Speaker at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary on March 18 and 19. Dr. Lee spoke to Seminary students, faculty and staff during the two-day lecture series, which included discussion, dialogue and lecture. Also attending were several pastors from local Korean churches, many of whom were Golden Gate Seminary graduates.
Dr. Lee’s lecture topics were ‘Preaching in the Postmodern Age’ and ‘The Holy Spirit and Preaching.’ He spoke in Korean, with English translation by Peter Jin, senior pastor at New Vision Baptist Church in Milpitas, California.
“I don't think that the postmodern generation is essentially different from the people of past generations. But I do believe that their daily life and way of thinking is clearly different,” said Dr. Lee in his first lecture, ‘Preaching in the Postmodern Age.’ He asked his listeners, “How does the sermon need to adapt to the restless changes in culture?” and then responded, “This change is not about abandoning the old for the new; rather, this change is about refocusing our emphasis or perspective.”
”Although Christ is still the solution, I believe that we have a call to provide the same solution with a different perspective and a different heart,” Lee concluded. “And, this new perspective and heart must follow the same perspective and heart of Jesus for this postmodern generation.”
“Preaching the word of God is the most important calling of a pastor,” Dr. Lee said in his second lecture, ‘The Holy Spirit and Preaching.’ “And it is the Holy Spirit who called us to be preachers.” He reminded his listeners that “preparing a sermon is not an endeavor we do alone. If we open ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit also leads and guides us through the sermon preparation.” He concluded by saying “preaching anointed by the Holy Spirit is the only hope to heal this world.”
Dr. Lee is widely known as the Chrysostom, or the “Golden Mouth,” of South Korea for his expositional preaching abilities. In addition to pastoring a 30,000-member church, he is president and founder of the Korean Baptist Church Future Preparation Forum, founder of Korean Students Abroad Movement and co-chair of Korea Global Mission Summit.
He has written over 100 expository books; including the bestseller Expository Preaching that Awakens Audiences (available in Korean, Kazakhstan and Indonesian).
The Hester Lectureship on Preaching is sponsored by an endowment created in 1969 by the late Dr. H.I. Hester, a long-time professor of Bible and head of the department of religion at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.
To listen to these chapel messages, select the title:
"Preaching in the Postmodern Age"
"The Holy Spirit and Preaching"