I have been reading a challenging book entitled The Intrusive Word by United Methodist Bishop William H. Willimon. He argues that being understood is not the ultimate goal of our ministry or our preaching. The ultimate goal is to be true to the gospel that we preach. He says:
Can we preachers respect the gospel enough to allow people not to understand it? (page 19)
Is Relevance and Understanding the Point?
Teresa Fry Brown makes a startling statement in her presentation of Charles Adams’ 9 suggestions to preachers found on page 164 and 165 of her book Weary Throats and New Songs. She says:
I enjoy contacts with our diverse SoulPreaching.Com readers. Sometimes I hear the deep booming baritone that no doubt is a great gift for preaching. Some readers have family connections. Some