Posts tagged “Bible

The people in the preacher’s study

Posted on November 20th, 2012

When I have writer’s block in preparing a sermon, I try to think about explaining the text to particular members of my congregation, mentally bringing before me a child in our school, a young mother, an elderly person approaching death. I shouldn’t wait until I have writer’s block. Gustav Wingren, in his The Living Word: A Theological Study of Preaching and the Church, puts it this way: When the Bible lies open on the preacher’s desk and the preparation of the sermon is about to begin, the worshippers have already come in; the passage contains these people since it is God’s Word to his people. The “bad sermon” is not bad because it is “lifeless” or “uninspiring”; it is bad because “men [were] not present…