I’ve been thinking about the differences between classroom teaching and pulpit preaching.
When I teach, I use the work of many scholars to help students understand the material, with proper citation of course. Yes, I give my own ideas and analyses (and probably more than I need), but the the core of my material is the work of others. If I had to present *only* my own ideas, the class would be about an hour or two long, and then I’d have to call it for the semester.
In contrast, there seems to be a norm among pastors that all sermons have to be original in idea and expression. The problem is that this is very hard to do; I know I couldn’t produce an original, useful 20-30 talk every week. So, a lot of sermons aren’t really that good.
This leads me to wonder why pastors do not [Read more...]