Monday, December 04, 2017

HOMILETICS AND SERMON LENGTH, Dan Mayfield

HOMILETICS? I think Jesus and Paul would laugh at the rules placed on young preachers in a typical homiletics class. I heard of an old time preacher who often said, "If you can't preach a great sermon in 25-30 minutes you didn't prepare hard enough." Prepare? Who decided great sermons start with a time length. I would respond that I do not doubt that a great sermon CAN be done in 25 minutes, but there are many great
sermons that are done in 50 minutes. Those rules limit not only the time, but the amount of Bible that is taught. Who says that a selection of verses can only be taught/preached in 30 minutes? This slavery to the clock is unnatural and does not consider that the text determines what needs to be said. Some human traditions need to be tossed in the garbage. Preach as long as it takes to preach what is in the text. Stay focused. Try not to put the people to sleep. But forget these man-made teaching rules.

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