as a part of my internship for my mdiv, i'm required to preach a few times at church and last sunday was my first time. now, it's been a while since i stood in front of a church with a message, bible in hand. i'd never had a good experience preaching and have in the last few years just about deconstructed the need for it in today's church as the central part of a sunday gathering. ambivalent and full of anxiety i took the pulpit last week... and as i opened the text, it seemed to come alive, people's eyes became bright, connection with and around the text was occurring and i was having more fun than i want to admit. it was somewhat redemptive, so now i don't know what to think.
but i still have lots of questions: how does the sermon fit in a post-structural church? is it necessary? should it be the central piece on sunday morning? how can we re-think it if it still needs to be central? what are the theological/community values behind the sermon? is it more than the relaying of information by the "community expert"? How can it be deconstructed to become more relational? can that work in big churches? how have you experienced sermons, what do you like, don't you like about sermons. what are your thoughts?