How zoom and contrast can make a message more uplifting
Some sermons are true but uninspiring. They are like photographs that don't do justice to a beautiful landscape or a noble face, taken by a person with no artistic instincts. The subject is powerful, but the person behind the camera doesn't know how to capture that greatness.
Scripture in context is inherently powerful. The preacher's job is to capture the text in a way that inspires faith and love, repentance and devotion.
In this article I want to show two ways of capturing a subject in inspirational ways. After we have studied the text and know its message, how do we render that message in ways that stir people, such that they cannot look away and afterward cannot get the message out of their mind, like a great picture?
We will learn from one of the most inspiring preachers around: John Ortberg, pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. Below, in one of his typically inspiring sermons, I will draw your attention to how John uses two methods that contribute ...