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Busting Out of Sermon Block

Having to speak doesn't always mean you have something to say

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Preaching well is hard work. We're expected to be witty, warm, and wise. And then next week, we have to do it again.

The great science fiction writer H. G. Wells reportedly said most people think only once or twice in a lifetime, whereas he had made an international reputation by thinking once or twice a year. Lots of pastors have to think once (or more) a week! More often than we would like to admit, we begin preparing a sermon with the feeling not that we have something to say, but that we have to say something. Only one time in twenty do I start my preparation feeling that this sermon will go well. The creative process is accompanied with a feeling of ambiguity, uncertainty, of trying to make the unknown known.

Like the homemaker whose goal of three nutritious meals a day is complicated by toddlers making messes, demands of a part-time job, overflowing baskets of laundry, and a phone that won't stop ringing, the multiple demands of pastoral life make fresh thinking and sermon writing ...

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Joseph Barkley

August 04, 2010  8:36pm

Profoundly helpful. Thanks, Haddon! It's a recharge to be reminded that pragmatic sermon preparation can still be all about Jesus and dependent on the Spirit.

Joseph Barkley

August 04, 2010  5:40pm

Profoundly helpful. Thanks, Haddon! It's a recharge to be reminded that pragmatic sermon preparation can still be all about Jesus and dependent on the Spirit.

Peter George

June 25, 2010  6:04am

A realistic, honest and very helpful article. Thank you.

Arthur Smith

December 24, 2009  12:27pm

I want to thank Preaching Today for the Preaching Skills segment. I have been preaching now sence 2000, and know one ha ever taken the time to teach preaching skills. Thank you. I have gotten alot out of this lesson.

Duncan McDonald

August 04, 2007  10:24am

As always Haddon Robinson doesn't just say something, he has something to say.

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