“There are only three kinds of sermons: dull, very dull, and unbelievably dull.” I heard someone say that way back when I was in seminary. Obviously it made an impression on me since I’ve remembered it all these years. Maybe that’s why I sometimes sing Rev war era drinking songs, or show a YouTube clip, in the middle of my message.
This week’s Discipleship Essentials reading (ch 6) is about worship. Ogden gives a good overview of the subject, so I’m looking at this from my perspective as a pastor. I usually shape the worship service around the theme of the Biblical text of the day, which for me means that worship is anchored in the message (the ‘sermon’ or ‘teaching’ or ‘homily’ depending on what your tradition calls it). So this coming Sunday I’m thinking of preaching about preaching.
And therefore I have a question: what is (or would be) most helpful to you in a message/sermon?
Feel free to comment about the dull factor!