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I remember reading a story about a church in England. The church had the words, “We preach Christ crucified” etched into the stone on the front of the building. As time went on, the moss and ivy grew up the stonework so that the message was partially covered. It now read, “We preach Christ.” Within a short time, the vegetation continued to grow so that the building simply read “we preach.” That short simple story is a great picture of what’s happened in the church today. As people turned to seeker-friendly, or church growth focused, they stopped preaching offensive messages and started simply talking. Paul was clear that our message is Christ and Him crucified. What a great time of year to be reminded of the importance of preaching the cross as we head into our Easter celebration and the victory of God’s plan at Calvary.