How to Preach Real, Relevant, Relational and Revolutionary Sermons
The Preacher Needs to Disappear
A preacher who is well loved, good looking, and a skilled orator presents the same problem as irritating, unattractive bore. The Preacher is distracting. In the same way in is impossible for the people to hear a sermon if the structure, rhetoric and questions they already no by heart makes them conscious that the are being preached to, the awareness of the preacher is a constant reminder that they are being preached to. This is why the preacher needs to disappear.
The best way to do this is to be somebody else, or to assume a different context for the sermon. Sometimes the easiest way to disappear is to get bigger. Become a character that is obviously not you. Then the people will think. “This is not the preacher, this is a character.” And they will sit back and actually listen to what this character has to say. They will not think Pastor Dan says praying more will reduce stress. That Pastor Dan sure is smart. Why can’t I be more like Pastor Dan.”
Pastor Dan needs to disappear.