Nathan W. Bingham
Connecting in a Hyper-Connected World

Illustrating Simple vs. Simplistic Preaching

After writing about preaching in the post, Preaching: Simple, not Simplistic, I stumbled upon this post by CJ Chilvers.

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. 🙂

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