Friday, March 27, 2009
Easy Sermon Preparation
"You too can save tons of time writing your sermons" was the tag line on an email the automatically went to my junk mail file. I believe you will see why as you read it. "[link deleted] is the monthly sermon subscription service that will revolutionize the way you do ministry! Imagine always being prepared a month in advance with complete sermon manuscripts and accompanying Powerpoint files, all in relevant, biblically based, series." "Your congregation will be blessed as you preach the Word with power, ministering to their needs and equipping them to fulfill their calling." "How does it work? With your Annual Sermon Subscription you will receive 12 months of quality sermon material in Word, RTF, and PowerPoint formats. Each month we will send you a new username and password to access your sermons online."Wow, just think of it, no more having to wrestle with hard texts, no more digging deep into God's Word, just read the outline and show the slides and I'll have preaching power and meet the needs of the congregation. NOT! That's not preaching but plagiarizing and pandering. God deliver us from such folly and fakers. There is no excuse for laziness in sermon preparation. It does not honor the Lord, it is not faithful to our calling as pastors, and it certainly does not serve our congregations well. Personally, I hope the venture fails, but given the climate of emergent and seeker sensitive churches I suspect it will be a whopping success. What think ye gentle reader?