Illustrating Simple vs. Simplistic Preaching
Although Chilvers’ original audience were designers and writers, I believe it translates as a helpful illustration of the essence of my original post.
A simplistic sermon reduces everything down, removing so much detail, that it becomes unclear and unhelpful. It looks like this:
On the other hand, a sermon that is simple and clear communicates all the necessary detail well, and looks like this:
The opposite danger to simplistic preaching, and more the temptation of recent seminary graduates and some in the Reformed tradition, is to preach a sermon that includes so much unnecessary detail that it to becomes unclear and unhelpful. It looks like this:
Does that simplify things? Pun intended. 🙂