The Bible and the Sermon

My three year old announced last week, “I had to get my Bible to do my sermon.” I’m fairly certain she has never seen a sermon in her life. Still, she somehow knew she needed her Bible to do it. If only today’s preachers felt the same.

Often times, the Bible is a springboard to facilitate some creative idea or angle. Other times it seems to be missing altogether. I’m not against creativity in preaching. We need more of it. But the text must provide the framework in which creativity takes place.