The Preaching Task: Picking a Fight with the Text

Lance Stone

The writer explores a narrative shape for preaching with its drive towards resolution. He proposes another approach, that of picking a fight with the text, where again the drive is towards resolution. Several examples are given. A related strategy is to pick a fight with common misunderstandings of a passage and again examples are given. In all these cases, a tension is created with demands resolution. Thus a sermon has a 'plot with unpredicable moves which may 'hold the listener's attention and help disclose the surprising, renewing world of God's Kingdom'.

Volume 44 2008/9, p30