When the word of God is heard in preaching it always demands a response of movement. Continuing movement toward God, or a course correction to respond to God’s call. Jesus ensured that listening to him would bring comfort to the faithful, but it is not about the faithful being comfortable. From Will Willimon: Preaching is …

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The prolific Will Willimon has produced a monograph based on a series of lectures about preaching. In this excerpt he points out the freedom of a preacher who serves the word, and how that service meets the true needs of the congregation far better than the congregations’ own perceptions of what they need from a …

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Preaching can be marginalised as a monologue. In pastoral ministry the sermon is part of an ongoing dialogue – the pastor hears the congregation throughout the week (and over time) and hears God’s Word; speaking in response as an ongoing dialogue. The challenge of the authority which attaches itself to pastoral office is not to …

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The preaching and hearing of the word of God is spiritual warfare. I’ve mentioned in the past that some people expect preaching to make them feel bad. But feeling bad is not the same thing as experiencing change. The preaching and hearing of God’s word is a call to arms. It calls you to change, …

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