I am sitting in the airport waiting for my ride home, so this will be a short and jet-lagged post (or perhaps a long and jet-lagged post since shorter is always harder!)
How easy it is in preaching to give too much information and not enough of the Lord. Listeners are more easily overwhelmed with information than we realize. We have processed information and refined it, allowing us to present a lot of information in a short amount of time (shorter than it took us to understand it!) So it is very easy to overwhelm our listeners with more than they can take in while trying to listen at the same time!
We can easily pack sermons with information, with background material, even with the often lauded illustrations and applications, but still make very little of Christ (or of any person in the Triune God we worship). So easy to default into speaking about us, but not really offering Him to our listeners.
While every sermon is different, somehow we need to present one simple truth, an understandable principle, while at the same time offering the compelling and captivating God of the Bible (lest we turn His self-revelation into a mere manual for effective living).