This time from Dave Black (today, May30, 2010 at 1:38 p.m.):
As a culture, the Western church is enslaved by a worship of preachers and preaching. This anthropocentricity is one of the greatest stumbling blocks to the Gospel. Know something? There were no “sermons” in the churches of the New Testament. The concept of a well-crafted 30-minute homily carefully alliterated with three points simply did not exist. Now, I am not denying that there were “messages” or, if you will, “words.”
Yes, I’m sure some of my readers will react negatively to the charge that “the Western church is enslaved by a worship of preachers and preaching.” But, I think we would find that most churches would cease to function if the “preacher” did not show up with a “sermon”… that is, until they eventually found another “preacher” who would bring a “sermon.”
As long as the church things that it is only one or two people’s responsibility to study and prepare and bring a “sermon” each week, I do not think we will see much spiritual growth. Yes, there can be some spiritual growth from sermons. But, the people will grow more when they all accept responsibility to bring a word or message to one another when they meet together.