Friday, May 02, 2008

Cooking or eating?

Are sermons more about learning how to cook or about eating a good meal? Ought preachers show their exegetical work to teach the congregation how to read the Scriptures or should the hard work happen beforehand so that the message is applied to the lives of the hearers? A good discussion on the issue has begun over on Justin's blog.


Stuart Heath said...

Both, I would say! Not every sermon needs to do both, but both should be done over time.

A classic case where you need to learn to cook (not just do dégustation) is in Wisdom. I did a series on Ecclesiastes where the first talk was self-consciously split into two: 15 minutes on preparation method, followed by a song, followed by 15 minutes of a pre-cooked meal. (I used this very imagery, including references to culinary luminaries like Peter Russell-Clarke and Ian Parmenter).

I think it worked :/ I enjoyed it, anyway.

kylie said...

hmmm,the application of scripture to life is as individual as the person and situation in question, therefore people need to be empowered to seek God in their specific situation and you cant create a recipe if you know nothing about cooking

Anonymous said...

I agree with Stuart that it should be both. Approach the problem, go through the method and then pull out the one that was prepared earlier. That way it encourages people to get into the bible and think it through for themselves. That's what I like anyway.


Jonathan said...

How does this analogy fit with the article you linked earlier, encouraging us to grow our own food?