I have sought to lay out for you the kind of paradigm shift that I think is necessary for preaching in this post-literate age. That paradigm shift is a shift from "thinking in ideas" in terms of sermon preparation to "thinking in story." Now we must put the nuts and bolts together. How are sermons constructed when we think in story? How are sermons conducted when we understand that many of the characteristics of preaching in an oral culture might be relevant in today's electronic environment? The task of this chapter is to examine these questions.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.