Preaching Can Be Expository and Engaging

As hundreds of teenagers spilled into the auditorium, I was going through last-minute preparations to preach.  As I went to get my microphone, a pastor introduced himself to me and wanted to chitchat before the service began.

“So which one are you?”

“Umm…I’m not sure what you mean.”

“We come to this event every year, and there are only two types of preachers that they invite to speak.  Either they are very theologically sound or very engaging to our students.  The theologically sound ones are painfully boring and must think it is a sin to be engaging.  The guys that are very engaging often struggle in their theology and I have to clean up after them.  So, which one are you going to be?”

Honestly, I had a difficult time thinking of how I wanted to respond because I was so brokenhearted about his perspective and my fear that he was correct.

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