And Other Hints On How To Preach Great Sermons 52 Weeks A Year
1. Smile And Don't Yell
A few years ago there was a well-known clergyperson, an author and theologian, on one of the television morning shows at Christmastime. One of the weekday morning show hosts asked the priest to give some advice for clergy preaching at that busy time of year, when all kinds of new and old faces suddenly show up at church services. The clergyperson smiled and said that clergy should smile a lot, be nice, and not yell at people who haven't been to church since last Christmas, etc.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.