How Suffering Can Shape Your Sermons and Connect with Your Congregation (Baker Academic)
Preaching to People in Pain: How Suffering Can Shape Your Sermons and Connect with Your Congregation
(Baker Academic, 2021)
WHO: Matthew Kim, the George F. Bennett Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology, director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching and director of Mentored Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
HE SAYS: “Speaking on suffering regularly will contribute to increased vulnerability and congregational change.”
THE BIG IDEA: This book emboldens pastors to connect the pain in Scripture passages with the pain of their listeners.
THE PROGRESSION: Part 1 invites readers into an open discussion about the ways that pastors and parishioners suffer and experience pain. The author also presents a process for preaching on this pain.
In Part 2, the author explores six types of pain that listeners commonly harbor in their souls.