The Sermon-Sucking Black Hole

Some people believe there is a Loch Ness Monster. Others swear an Abominable Snowman exists. But what about a Sermon-Sucking Black Hole? Never heard of it?

After the Sunday service, ministers are usually thanked for their words or told how helpful they were. But later that same day, not too many attendees can remember what they heard preached. Usually by Tuesday the recall is all but gone. That’s why certain people suspect that somewhere between the pulpit and the parking lot there is a sinister Sermon-Sucking Black Hole!

It’s true that nobody should be expected to remember everything said during a Sunday sermon. But it hardly seems too much to expect that listeners recall what the basic topic was. And because Scripture is written so we will know how to both think and act, the life response is also important. After listening attentively to a sermon, people should be able to quickly say what the subject was and how that topic affects the way they live.

Finally, if they don’t know how to do what is being called for, some help should be offered regarding the “how to.” For example, a sermon about meditating on Scripture is probably going to need some practical handles.

Who can say whether there’s a Loch Ness Monster or an Abominable Snowman? But nobody talks seriously about a sinister Sermon-Sucking Black Hole when they simply get used to listening carefully for…

  1. What the sermon was about
  2. What response the sermon called for
  3. What helpful, practical suggestions the sermon offered


Please click here to visit David Mains’ website.

You will also find a variety of resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.

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