March 03, 2017

Writer’s Block

The term writer’s block is used when a writer loses creativity to come up with a new or continuing idea for their project. I sense preachers struggle with a similar block when I hear a sermon based on two verses of Scripture fluffed up by filler, video, jokes and anecdotes. Whether a Christian writer or a preacher, if we simply rely on our own understanding and creative ability we underestimate the power of the Gospel. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double–edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb 4:12 NIV).

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----Sometimes I wonder if preachers try pulling more from a couple verses than what’s really there. A lot can be said about some verses. But is all that can be said about a couple verses as important as what the verses say themselves? I knew a preacher who did a Sunday school series on one of Paul’s letters, I forget which it was. Char and I both marveled at how this guy would spend an entire class session on one word. And each Sunday was that way, not just occasionally. We weren’t marveling at his great ability to peer so deeply into God’s Word. We marveled at how anyone could think there is an hour’s lesson in each one of the Bible’s words. Maybe somehow he should have noticed that, “I have applied all this to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written” (I Cor 4:6a) might be applicable to his lessons-on-a-word. And I wonder if that same “…beyond what is written…” is from where all the filler, video, jokes, and anecdotes come.

Love you all,
Steve Corey