Brief Sermons: Recipe for Spiritual Starvation
A while ago, I came across a sermon posted on a Lutheran pastor’s blog. I was shocked at its length. It could not have been more than eight minutes long, if that! It was probably only six or seven minutes long. This is, sadly, not some exception. It is in keeping with a disturbing trend in Lutheran preaching: shorter and shorter sermons. Let this much be clear: I am a huge advocate for every Divine Service communion, but not at the expense of preaching. We can not expect our congregations to remain healthy and put them on a preaching starvation diet. In addition to the sermon in question being ridiculously brief, it was an anemic sermon, short on law and Gospel, not one actually preaching on a text, not a sermon actually teaching the people anything. This should not be so among us.