Preaching, part 1

I have been thinking a lot about preaching. Partly because that is what I do for a living.

Now there are two parts about preaching to think about, or maybe three.

  1. Preparing to preach – writing the sermon, planning the sermon
  2. Then preaching – the actual talking part.

My thoughts have been on the first. So I thought I would share a few thoughts.

Preaching I think should still be a monologue. What I mean is we are expecting in the preaching moment to hear one person talking. And if the pastor is doing what he should, then one person is truly all we will hear.

This one person talking should be God and God alone.

The Pastor studies and writes his sermon so that when he speaks it is as though God is speaking through him because he has so accurately interpreted the passage before him that God’s voice in the text is unmistakable.

Since we expect a monologue, the idea of turning the preaching moment into an interactive time with dialog between people and pastor, just seems a bit off. I know people need to ask question and digest, but I suggest that the preaching moment is not the time for that.

God is speaking in His word, and we puny humans need to be quiet and listen.


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