Feb 26, 2015

Preaching Different Genres

One of the challenges of having a preaching schedule that goes through different books of the Bible consecutively is what Peter Mead calls genre shock. That is, when you finish a series on a book in one genre and then begin a new series with a book in another genre there can be a certain hermeneutical disorientation that takes place in both the preacher and the audience. To address this problem, Mead has some helpful suggestions on how to minimize this genre shock here. By the way, the answer is not to avoid preaching books of the Bible. In fact, the problem is even more acute in topical preaching since you are more likely to preach texts from different genres more frequently.

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