Scot McKnight on the Sermon

Scot McKnight wrote the following about preaching on his blog recently. The topic was plagiarism, but his definition of a sermon made me think. What do you think?

"…What is a sermon? Well, it’s a whole life brought to bear on a text
each week for a single 30 minute or so sermon before a specific
congregation. It shames the preacher not to be who he or she is in the
pulpit, and to pretend to be someone else. It de-localizes the sermon
from the local context. It distorts who the preacher is before the

So, the sermon is highly biblical, highly personal, highly local,
and highly temporal: it is the individual preacher engaging God and
Bible and congregation, in that specific location, for that time."

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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