Yesterday I posted a review of Al Tizon’s Missional Preaching, and upon further reflection I think I left out an important facet of the book. I wanted to redress that omission, not only because I think it’s a signifiant element of the book
We make tools. It’s part of what humans do. We have problems, and we make tools to help us solve our problems. Hammers, hatchets, languages, pencils, spaceships, spoons…We make tools. We make tools, but it’s also true that our tools
I’m a bit of a sermon structure wonk. I love playing with form, designing the sermon to press towards particular goals. That part of the work has a level of active concreteness to it—you can tell when you’re getting somewhere,
The sermon’s tone often exists without much consideration on the part of the preacher. In such situations, it grows more from the preacher’s habitual persona than from an intentional design choice made in the face of a particular preaching moment.