Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Palm Sunday - John 12

Well, I tried something new this week. In an attempt to better serve my current parish, I unbound myself from a manuscript and attempted a more "expository" approach to the sermon. The upside of this is that it gets every single person in the pews into the Bible, literally, as well as frees me up to dialogue with them a little from the pulpit, asking questions, leading, etc. The downside? No manuscript for those of you who have been reading my sermons here.

I did record it again, so there is an mp3 download available here.

I'm curious. What do you think? Am I faithful to Law and Gospel preaching? Does the text convict you? Are you set free by Christ?

I do consider those few of you who make use of this blog to be important. You also have, in emails, displayed a good understanding of theology. So, I ask you, please be honest. Let me know what you think. My email is available in the side profile.

It is my current plan to "test" this approach for about a month, then reassess based on all feedback, as well as the effects it has on the parish Divine Service "experience."

Finally, having listend to it, I have to admit that it's not the best "radio" preaching. If you've enjoyed the "rhetorical rollercoaster" I've been giving you, this may be a bit more difficult to sink your teeth into on an ipod. To help that, I'd suggest having your Bible open while you listen.

The big plus from this week? Whereas normally I preach about 11-14 minutes and have some troulbe keeping the room engaged, this sermon was 26 minutes long and even my teenagers were still listening.

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