Something To Say

Preacher, Have Something to Say

Somebody said,

“There are two kinds of preachers–those who have to say something and those who have something to say!”

Hmmm….

Do you have something to say?

If you don’t…

Then you will fall into the trap of “Saying something.”

Did you get that?

Some folks just have to say something.

But there are some who have something to say.

A preacher gains something to say by connection to the divine through the spiritual disciplines including prayer and study.

Having something to say comes from an in-depth look at the scripture. Having something to say comes from time and in-depth work.

However, too many preachers simply resort to just saying something…

These preachers take shortcuts. They copy a sermon off of the Internet because it is not important what they say, but that they have something to say.

They grab the latest edition of a sermon periodical and preach a sermon verbatim, but have not done the work that is necessary to have something to say.

Too often preachers who must say something will whoop or yell or use some other aspect of African American preaching style to hide the fact that they don’t have anything to say.
They are happy to hear people shouting…but don’t worry about giving them something to shout about…

The great blessing is that any preacher who God has called can have “something to say” rather than just being one who “must say something.”

It is time to get back on that devotional program of Bible study and prayer.

It is time to start looking at the scripture exegetically.

Don’t settle for just saying something. Have something to say…

Till next time…

Brother Sherman.

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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Proper 14 (February 26, 2017)
  • OT: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
  • Psalm: Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
  • Epistle: Romans 10:5-15
  • Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
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