Moving from hermeneutics to homiletics with this great pre-weekend read:
Help, My Pastor Preaches too Long! #OurCOG
Have you ever sat through a movie that seemed like it wouldn’t end. Maybe it was a class where after a certain period of time it seemed like you checked out.
David M. Hinsen [02/20/2015 12:45 PM] I’ve personally been fascinated by this topic as of late. I usually preach anywhere from 27-40 minutes depending on the flow of service or the topic. I’m starting to learn how to keep the audience engaged and I actually get complaints if the sermon is too short which is opposite of what I typically see. I have found, although I haven’t used any of them, that there are lots of helps for pastors who are interested in strengthening their speaking ability. If I remember correctly, Maxwell has a program of sorts, but I’m sure a Google search would turn up some good results. There is nothing wrong with preaching through the Bible in terms of culture and setting etc., but people want personal application. What can you present to them Sunday morning that they won’t forget and that they can apply to their lives? Keep it interesting and fun!
David M. Hinsen [02/20/2015 12:50 PM] Also, with all the big terms and definitions I’ve been learning in the couple of theology classes I’ve taken interests me and I’m tempted to through around words and phrases that would leave people scratching their heads, so the question I ask myself is, “How can I incorporate the meaning of the term in an interesting way without confusing people and still allow the message to flow in a way that keeps people on the edge of their seat?” I don’t always know the answer, but it’s something I strive for.
Pentecostal Theology [02/20/2015 1:01 PM] Oh this one is easy. Just use the term “scintillating” – sky-n-till-eating, another masterful term rabbis use to disguise what they are telling us Rick Wadholm Jr #PENTECOSTAL
Marvin Elliott [02/20/2015 1:09 PM] B|
Charles Page [02/20/2015 1:27 PM] our sermons have to be friendly and comfortable for unregenerate sinners.
Pentecostal Theology [02/20/2015 1:39 PM] Just like John the Baptist’s were…
Michael Postlethwait [02/20/2015 1:46 PM] In fairness to Charles’ point: John is preaching to a nation that largely views itself as a godly nation. In fact, Jesus does seem to, to a point create a comfortable environment for acknowledged sinners as a way of reaching them.
Pentecostal Theology [02/20/2015 1:58 PM] Joel Osteen’s preaching is “friendly and comfortable for unregenerate sinners.” Hus, Luther, Wesley, Jonathan Edwards’s “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” not so much. But I agree there are times to make people comfortable. Back to the topic: One way to make people comfortable and show respect is not to preach too long. So how long is too long?