Those who have heard me speaking about preaching will have heard my lament about preachers who major on information. Please no! Good news is never merely information! It should also be associated with inspiration and transformation. Sermons that are informational may interest the mind but more rarely do they stir the spirit and move emotion. Of course, the Holy Spirit is the one who aids inspiration and transformation and He blows where he wills. He can use anything offered humbly. But information is more likely to be about Scripture than enabling direct proclaiming of Scripture's good news. Explanation of the text is elevated as the priority!
So, imagine my surprise when turning to the Scripture Union Encounter with God notes for the next quarter. At the beginning they list the authors with a thumbnail sketch of each. My description ends with the words: ' He is also an.....informational speaker.' I think it was meant to read - international speaker - but it serves me right! Mind you I suppose it is better to be an informational speaker rather than a vacuous one. No comments please.