When it comes to the mentioning the pandemic, how much is too much? Explore ways to find a balance between avoiding it and overdoing it for your listeners.
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Guest: Dr. David Schmitt is a pastor and teacher. He currently teaches preaching to future pastors.
Introduction: When it comes to the mentioning the pandemic, how much is too much? Explore some practical ways to find a balance between avoiding it and overdoing it for your listeners.
- Don’t ignore the pandemic in your preaching.
- Reinforces the idea that religion is not related to everyday life
- Harms the public perception of the Church
- Don’t dwell on the pandemic in your preaching.
- Fatigue because it’s everywhere else
- Escape and rest
- Christ rules over the Church and the world, even during the pandemic.
- The Church is more than a news outlet.
- How to find the balance?
- Don’t think about addressing only COVID. Instead, address life, which includes the pandemic.
- Address the “deep structures” or foundational truths: prayer, hope through faith.
- The listeners will make their own connections without your saying it.
- Address broader issues or gifts of God: family, discipleship.
- Bible reading and studying
- Psalms—both the poetry and the posture of prayer
- Whatever is well known, familiar to you
- Brings rejuvenation for pastors and for their listeners
- com, search for “Preaching in the wake of COVID-19”