How Collective Communal Preaching Keeps People From Being Cheated

Over the last few years I have been agitating for churches and communities to move from speech making in preaching to a collective approach.

I wrote about this in my book Preaching in the Inventive Age (formerly Preaching Re-Imagined).

Here is a story of the power of that from my church, Solomon’s Porch this last Sunday as we read the story of the woman putting the two copper coins in the Temple treasury in Mark 12.

 

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  • Jeff Straka

    I love the idea of “collective” dialog in community. Our cohort, of course, works under this idea and we are in awe of what we learn from the multiplicity of voices from differing perspectives. This is also why I value interfaith (which includes no faith) community!
    As to this particular example, what it shows so powerfully is the tragic disservice (and damage!) done by those who inserted those “topical headlines”: reading the previous story flowing´╗┐ into the widow’s coin totally changes it! Removing the headline opens one to see that his teaching against religious teachers was continuing but simply shifting to simply another example! But inserting the “Widow’s Offering” title makes it appear as they were two separate occasions and then forces the reader to pre-judge the conclusion! We know the original text had no capital letters, no punctuation, no paragraphs, no verse/chapter numbers and no “headlines”. We KNOW this stuff, yet are still blinded by it. It sometimes takes an “outsider” to give us eyes to see!

  • Frank

    Not everyone is gifted with teaching so this is a terrible idea. Group discussions are what bible study groups are for.