October 26, 2014
Matthew 22:34-46
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Deuteronomy 34:1-12

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Preaching to the choir

Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11

David Kalas

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We preachers are sometimes confused about our audience.

Sometimes we preach like frustrated columnists, as though our high calling is to change public opinion about current events. Or we preach as though we had the president or governor or congress in our congregation, proclaiming what we believe they need to hear, even though they are not there.

One preacher may have such a heart for lost souls of Generation X that she preaches for them, forgetting that her actual congregation is made up mostly of members over fifty years old who have been in church their whole lives. While another preacher may be so recently steeped in the world of seminarians that he preaches to a congregation bewildered by his frequent and familiar references to the Deuteronomist, the Q document, Athanasius, and the eschaton.

The most famous example of a preacher being confused about his audience, of course, is the idiomatic...

This sermon commentary, Preaching to the choir, is based on Luke 7:36--8:3 and relates to Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 of Cycle C of the lectionary. This Sermon Commentary on Luke 7:36--8:3 is just one of over 1,000 Sermon Commentaries at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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