I sent this cartoon to my pastor, and he replied that he has actually encountered this inside-out view of preaching. Fortunately, classic Reformed preaching is protected from this problem by the historic tradition of Lectio Continua (Continuous Reading), the practice of preaching sermon series’ through entire books of the bible. This practice brings the obvious benefits of avoiding hobby-horses, bringing more of God’s word to God’s people than the minister might know needs to be brought, taking the bible on its own terms, letting it speak for itself, rather than slicing and dicing it into the containers we find easier for whatever reason.
So the only problem with this historic Reformed style of preaching, I’ve decided, is the name. Most people don’t even know this term. I often hear this philosophy of preaching described as “Expositional,” but that doesn’t quite get it. Yes, every sermon should exposit the text, but that says nothing about how the texts should relate week-to-week. And the latin Lectio Continua doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.
So I hereby open the floor for your suggestions of a better handle with which we Reformed can market our superior form of preaching (as well as any horror stories in the other direction).