I’m really excited to introduce a new series on Scribblepreach.com starting next Monday Morning: “Your Sermon is Boring: 21 Principles for Preaching that Captivates.” I’ve been organizing this list for a few years now, and it’ll eventually become a free e-book I put up for subscribers to the blog. For now, here’s a brief intro to what the series is:
1. This series is not a homiletics/exegetical guide. This series is not about exegeting the Bible, or accurately interpreting scripture. It’s not that these things don’t matter – in fact, they matter more than the principles in this series. But for one, I’m not qualified to write that kind of series. And two, there is plenty of good material already out there. This guide assumes a basic knowledge of biblical interpretation – the raw ingredients needed. This is a guide to how to cook it up and serve it. It’s about the art of communication; something I’m much more qualified to address.
2. This series is not definitive. This series is not designed to be the end-all resource for preachers who want to communicate effectively…not by a long shot. I’ve learned a few good things from a lot of wise people over the years, and these are 21 tidbits that have sharpened my communication. Every post is the best of borrowed wisdom from Christian and secular communicators alike. But I’ve narrowed it down to what has given me the most help, stuck with me, and what works.
3. This series is not about learning to preach like me. I’m a beginning preacher, an experienced communicator. I think about preaching a lot, and there are at least 21 ways I’m a much better preacher now than I was years ago when I first started. But this series is on communication for a reason. I do know how to communicate effectively, but I’m only beginning the journey toward good preaching.
4. This series is about winning people by any means necessary. This series, rather, is about winning a hearing. If there’s anything I’m sure about, after having the opportunity to speak to thousands of students over the years, is that capturing attention and speaking in a way that sinks in is hard. It’s also something not many preachers know how to do. Because I’m on the opposite side of the spectrum – I know how to capture attention – I feel I have something unique to contribute.
5. This series is about communicating in a manner worthy of the gospel. Finally, I am writing this from the conviction that the gospel deserves to be heard. Its message deserves to be presented in a way that captivates, because it is the most captivating drama ever revealed. If we are to live worthy of the gospel, preachers are to preach worthy of the gospel. Anything less than clear, convicting, compelling communication is less than the full-orbed message of Christ. Jesus is not worthy of boring sermons, because He is the most glorious person to ever walk the Earth; He accomplished something on our behalf that ought to leave us gaping at the jaw, radically reshaping our lives around His reality. That’s what this series is about.