Homiletics is an interesting subject to teach. On the one hand there are those that are exceedingly grateful for a guiding structure for the preparation process. They express appreciation for the increased confidence that can come from actually studying a passage, understanding it, and having some guidelines on how to then communicate the truth of the passage. On the other hand there are some who resist homiletics as something that will quench the Spirit, professionalize the ministry and become a strait jacket on the preacher.
Perhaps we need an apolgetic for good homiletics. In some cases the resistance springs from disappointing motivations, but not always. For instance, some may resist because of laziness or unwillingness to put in the necessary work to actually understand a passage, preach it clearly or communicate with pastoral applicational. Others may resist out of pride based on past years of ministry (“don’t challenge what I’ve always done!”) But some concerns are genuine, and for these we may need a basic homiletic apologetic. In the next few days I will give some thoughts on this matter, but for today it would do us all good to check our own hearts on this issue – is there any resistance to improving my preaching ministry based on laziness, pride, arrogance or other forms of fleshly motivation?
There are legitimate reasons to resist homiletics instruction and methodologies. Today we can ask God to purge any impure motivations, then tomorrow we’ll dive in to the potentially legitimate concerns!