Keeping Preaching Fresh
Freshness comes when we stop trying to domesticate God.See theme
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I've preached the Easter account of the death and resurrection of Jesus about fifty times, and it is possible for even so stirring a story as the resurrection of Jesus to elicit from somebody who has worked with it that many years a feeling of Easter, again?
I've always had respect for those pastors who can be located somewhere for twenty years and somehow find the spiritual resources to keep fresh. I remember teaching in a Presbyterian seminary one summer a short-term course, and I was impressed by how many Presbyterian pastors were in the library. They had taken a week or two, some longer, to work on their preaching for the coming year. I said to the dean, "That's just amazing to see all those pastors working in the library." He said, "Well, we're not like you Methodists. We stay somewhere long enough that we actually have to study to get something to say."
So how do you keep preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ without going stale? By the way, ...