5 things we overuse in our preaching: Light Relief

(See earlier posts here)

2. Light Relief

‘Light Relief’ (LR) is fast becoming the caffeine of sermons. A sermon just can’t seem to start the day without an early hit of LR. Congregations have become dependent on the smooth sounds of the personal anecdote, the funny Herald story or the quote from the Castle. And what’s worse, the LR hit seems only to last five minutes before another one is needed to keep the sermon going. Maybe the best way for us to get back into shape and into a healthy lifestyle is to detox. Kill the opening gag. Ditch the feel good news story. Get straight into the grueling task of being woken up by God’s word.

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7 Responses to 5 things we overuse in our preaching: Light Relief

  1. antonmarquez says:

    You go girl! The best sermons I can remember got straight into it.

  2. Hans says:

    Hey dude I agree with your post but why does the task of understanding Gods word have to be gruelling? I think if your sermons are gruelling to listen to you suck as a preacher!
    Just a thought

  3. lukewoodhouse says:

    Hey hans,
    Does that mean Paul sucks (Acts 20.9).
    But I don’t take grueling to mean ‘boring’, but more ‘demanding’. Requiring mental energy and exertion from the hearer. A sermon can be both grueling and exhilarating at the same to time. Much like church planting. Or climbing Everest.

  4. Simon Job says:

    Get straight into the grueling task of being woken up by God’s word.

    Yes please, but be mindful of your audience.

    The unfortunate thing about the over use of analogies at church is that most are actually disanalogies.

  5. Michael W says:

    Oh absolutely agree with the LR thing. Have been discussing this recently with my wife and we find that the analogies very rarely make the point as well as the actual bible passage, and usually distract from the flow.

    Also I hate when you come away remembering someones personal ‘funny’ story more than what the semon was meant to be about.

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