Homiletical Cars and Bumpy Rides (Quote)

The defining essence of an expository sermon lies primarily in its content, not its form. But thesis 4 [There is No Such Thing as the Sermon Form] needs to be qualified. Some people disagree with it. They believe that preaching is marked by a certain form, and they should know…So if you drive your homiletical car down a new road, you may be in for a bumpy ride. Davies observes that for many people, preaching is like church bells – an easily recognized and comforting sound that will be tolerated so long as it does not disturb early morning sleep. Howard adds, “Ruts become routines. Routine, carried on in the local church, tends to become ‘righteous.’ Righteous routine becomes unassailably, uncritically rigid – the best and only way to do things. Along come those who want to make a change in this rigidly righteous routine. They may find out that what they propose to change is something that others are deeply attached to and not about to change…Fierce defenders of the established faith are also often fierce defenders of the established format.”

Preaching With Variety: How To Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres by Jeffrey D. Arthurs (pp. 16-17)

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