Preaching Re-Imagined

Imagine what would happen if listeners became learners. Imagine a congregation where the purpose of a sermon might be to have parishioners engage in a conversation in response to an informed engagement with the biblical text. Imagine preaching that presents an unfinished story of faith that actively invites listeners to become participants in identifying ways to continue unfolding that faith story in the life of the community. The idea would make most preachers more than just nervous. Imagine the loss of control. Imagine how things could get out of hand. Imagine not having people hear those wonderfully crafted essays qua sermons. Isn’t that the acid test of whether a pastor is doing her or his job?

 

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