Monday, September 08, 2008

Preaching- more conflict is needed

I had the great privilege of spending some time with Peter Jensen last week. Our small group of Senior Ministers talked about many things including sermons. One thing Peter said was that he thought sermons often did not have enough drama in them. He went on to say that one thing essential to drama is conflict. So find the conflict. For example, the texts we deal with often have conflict in them, notice and use this tension in sermons.

When it comes to the implications of the text (he said application was over rated) show how implications conflict with the world, the flesh and the devil. Some of this seems to resonate with what Tullian Tchividjian says about Tim Keller’s preaching.

To be a great preacher, one needs to be tri-perspectival in their exegesis. That is, they need to be committed to the exegesis of the Bible, the exegesis of our culture, and the exegesis of the human heart. Some preachers claim that if you exegete the Bible properly, you don't need to bother yourself with the exegesis of our culture or the human heart. The problem with this view, however, is that the Bible itself exhorts us to apply Biblical norms to both our lives and to our world.

So exegete and show the conflict.


Tim said...

Thanks Roger - Helpful bite from PJ's @ PJ's and great quote from Mr Tchividjian - so true.

michael jensen said...

You know, he's being saying that about drama to me for 30+ years. I wonder what it means? ;-)

Roger said...

Michael -I heard please don't be boring!!! :) Congratulations on your Viva-looking forward to reading more of your deliberations!