Recently I heard two lessons which contained lots of good truth, but lacked clarity. My own sermons have often been guilty of the same flaw.
Mark Kermode mentioned a film that had lots of good ideas. He admired those ideas but they didn’t form a coherent whole. Therefore the film lacked focus – it was confusing.
Rather like a film or TV show which has so many characters you struggle to remember names and who they all are.
I experienced this when watching “Avengers Endgame”. So many characters! Not a problem if you are already invested (like my son), but not if you are new to the franchise. Our new-to-the-faith listeners need less information well delivered.
Interesting that Jesus’s lessons seem to be so clearly focused on one particular idea: note the parables.
How do we decide that central theme?
Intersection of three things:
- Pastoral needs
What do you do to focus in on one theme?
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