David Lose, author of Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World, asks the question in this post.
He begins with truth-telling:
‘for the better part of the last five years I’ve been losing confidence in preaching. This isn’t a commentary on the preaching I’ve been hearing, I should be clear, as I’ve been quite fortunate to worship in several congregations with engaging preachers. Rather, it’s preaching in general in which I’ve lost confidence, my own preaching included.’
Lose goes on to note how the form and shape of most preaching appears increasingly out of touch:
In a culture that is increasingly participatory, our preaching is still primarily a monologue. In a culture passionate about discovering meaning and crafting identity, our preaching too often draws conclusions for our hearers rather than inviting them into the questions themselves.
Second, as I look around our congregations, I see any number of people largely disconnected from the preaching, appreciating a touching story, perhaps, but rarely drawing from the sermon something they will continue to think about during the rest of the week.
His concerns are sound ones, I think, making his questions good ones to pose to you:
Is preaching still a worthwhile exercise or is it antiquated?
What do you want from a sermon?
I’d be interested in hearing your feedback.