I think about preaching a lot, and I preach a lot. Now, normally it is to myself in the car, but occasionally I get to do it in front of people. Preaching is one of the moments in which I feel most alive. (Just so you know, if you are thinking about your identity, focus on those moments when you feel most alive.) I enjoy listening to sermon podcasts. Love going to church to hear preaching, and wish that I could take more preaching classes, just for the fun of it. So, I thought I would share my running definition of preaching and then unpack it a litle bit. “Preaching is essentially translating the revealed Word of God to God’s children.” Continue reading
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So I preached a sermon for the first time in about 17 months this past Sunday. Preaching is one of my greatest gifts and favorite activities, and so it was with much anticipation that I walked up to the pulpit. Since the last time I preached, I have been through almost 47 hours worth of seminary with nary a particular preaching class, so I had gained a whole lot of head knowledge about God, the Bible, and such, but I hadn’t practically put that into preaching yet, and it showed.
Before I left for Asbury, I had a congregant who came up to me and said, “Don’t let seminary ruin your preaching. I like it the way it is.” Now, this has danger written all over, I know. But let’s get to the truth of his statement, which was the strength of my pre-Asbury preaching: connecting. Pre-Asbury, I could preach sermons that resonated and connected with others. God has given me the ability to hook people into the sermon and guide them through the journey through Scripture. At its best, the sermon connected with people where they were at and engaged their heart and mind in God’s Will. At its worst, it was a witty, well-crafted speech where people remembered my personal stories, and not God’s grander narrative. Continue reading