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Preaching…. For A Lifetime. “Preaching, in order to be fresh and vital, takes hard work. The work can be quite agonizing at times. In fact, the longer you are in the ministry the more discipline and determination is needed to accomplish the work.”

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Preaching…

For A Lifetime


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“Preaching, in order to be fresh and vital, takes hard work. The work can be quite agonizing at times. In fact, the longer you are in the ministry the more discipline and determination is needed to accomplish the work.”

Bruce Mawhinney in Preaching with Freshness


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“As time goes by a certain smoothness comes with the experience of the years. That smoothness has a more professional sound to it, but it may also bring with it a certain dullness.”

Bruce Mawhinney in Preaching with Freshness


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Challenges to Preaching Effectively over the experience of the years. That smoothness has a more professional sound to it, but it may also bring with it a certain dullness.”Long-Haul

  • The New Consumerism

    “Without altars, we talk less and less about eternity and more and more about the here and now.”

    Calvin Miller, Marketplace Preaching


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Challenges to Preaching Effectively over the experience of the years. That smoothness has a more professional sound to it, but it may also bring with it a certain dullness.”Long-Haul

  • Christianity as a subculture

    Church has become an addendum to American culture. Disassociation with the market-place centers preaching on “insiders.” “Separation from the world” is double-edged.


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Challenges to Preaching Effectively over the experience of the years. That smoothness has a more professional sound to it, but it may also bring with it a certain dullness.”Long-Haul

  • Loss of appreciation for Divine Drama

    “A sermon that loses its godly summons is at best a current event and at worst a morality monologue.”

    Calvin Miller, Market Place Preaching


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A Church…. experience of the years. That smoothness has a more professional sound to it, but it may also bring with it a certain dullness.”Overly Influenced by the SecularandA World….Hungering for theTranscendent

  • Church “life” takes its cues from the self-centered “spirit of entertainment.”

  • We trade the demands of Christ for a larger crowd.


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Christian Subculture where the transcendence of God transforms and “abundantly pardons and saves to the uttermost.”

Influence of seculars—reality of a continuing hunger for the transcendent

Loss of Divine Drama

New Consumerism

Summary


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Interventions where the transcendence of God transforms and “abundantly pardons and saves to the uttermost.”

The message and the messenger are inextricably linked

  • The why and who of preaching are prior to the how of preaching

  • “ How do I become a living memory of God; how do I accept and connect; how do I lift up the individual story into divine history?” Henri J. M.Nouwen


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“The strategy of the principalities and powers is to disconnect us, to cut us off from the memory of God. It is not hard to see how many of our busy actions and restless concerns seem to be disconnected, reminding us of nothing more than the disorder of our own orientation and commitment.


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When we no longer walk in the presence of the Lord, we cannot be living reminders of his divine presence in our lives. We then quickly become strangers in an alien land who have forgotten where we come from and where we are going.


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Then we are no longer the way to the experience of God, but rather in the way of the experience of God. Then, instead of walking in God’s presence we start walking in a vicious circle, and pulling others into it.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen in The Living Reminder


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  • Life passages are doorways to greater insight

  • Starters for preaching come from a variety of sources, but…


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USA Today rather

Current Events

Chance Encounters

BIBLE

Daily Bible Reading

Listening

All starting points must be connecting to the authoritative reference point


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Read widely rather

The six-fold path

Novels

Historical

Biography

Diary/journal

Poetry

Hot interest


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Gathering Background Information and Illustrations rather

  • Regularly gather/file/review

    Newspapers, periodicals, web news

  • Use the experts in your congregations


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Practice Self-Evaluation rather

  • Observe audio and video tapes of yourself

  • Critique voice--timing--personality

  • Find a supportive critic


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Study the Sermons of Great Preachers rather

  • Classics

    • Alexander MacClaren

    • Charles Spurgeon

    • 20 Centuries of Great Preaching

  • Contemporary Books

    • Preaching to a Post Modern World by Graham Johnston, Baker Books

    • The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steve Mathewson, Baker Books


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    Limit your usage of preaching web-sites rather

    • Preaching.com

    • PreachingToday.com

    • Sermoncentral.com

    • Crosswalk.com

    • ChristianityToday.com


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