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The Amazing Appearing Man and the Disappearing Jesus

Who is the real hero in your sermon?

The Amazing Appearing Man and the Disappearing Jesus

The preacher was accomplished and confident; he held the concentration of the crowd, and he certainly had my attention. Although not for the reasons he would have wanted.

He had taken one of the stories about Jesus, and explained it from the perspectives of the different characters involved, which is not necessarily a bad tool for analyzing the story as we work out who we are supposed to identify with (hint: we're not usually the hero).

What blew me away was that he took as the main lesson of the sermon, the climax of what he was saying, someone who wasn't even mentioned in the story. I'm concealing details here, but imagine the story of the young boy bringing the fish and loaves to Jesus, and the preacher majoring on the fisherman and the baker. You get the idea.

Why would you do such a thing?

Maybe out of a desire to look clever? There are some preachers who delight in producing rabbits out of hats. They leave you dazzled and dependent, because you could never replicate the ...

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Chris Williams

June 05, 2017  5:00pm

I don't disagree with the idea of God being hero, but I give pause to it having to be Jesus every time. For example, in preaching through the book of Acts God is certainly the hero in the H.S. There are times when one can refer to Jesus more than others and point to the gospel, but I'm not sure if it isn't a little contrived to shove Jesus into the hero role, when much of the text is displaying the H.S. doing the active heroing. In other words, I would prefer a much more trinitarian approach to sermonizing our hero, who is God.

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Alan Mullikin

February 03, 2015  3:53pm

Thank you again for this reminder.

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Carole Kratoska

February 02, 2015  5:02pm

Reminds me of a Spurgeon quote: the more we hear of a man in his sermon, the less we hear of Christ.

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Mark Simpson

February 02, 2015  10:22am

A great article. Reminds me of this verse: "They have taken away my Lord and I don't know where they have laid Him." (John 20:13)

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JOHN EDWARDS

February 02, 2015  10:15am

As one well known preacher has said, "a sermon without Jesus is just a Sunday School lesson".

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James Hopper

February 02, 2015  10:02am

A obvious point when you think about it, but sadly often overlooked.

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