Our table was talking about Preaching. I introduced the model I was raised on: When preaching, show your exegesis of the text. (John Stott?) We were talking about some of the limits of that model, as well as some of the great strengths.
Someone at our table offered this insight on preaching from his seminary professor:
We (preachers) are there not to take them to the kitchen, but to serve them a meal.Ok. That insight is certainly the model of many preachers here in the States. They (presumably) do the hard work of exegesis at home, but not (primarily) in the sermon. That would make it labored and less interesting and less applicable.
I responded by saying that the model that I received was the opposite- that we are precisely to 'take people to the kitchen', in order to teach them how to cook and serve a meal on their own, and rely less on the chef.
I'm still processing this. So, over to you:
Do you want to be taken to the kitchen, or would you prefer the meal already served and with dessert?
Pic by Mikeautry1.