Expect the Unexpected (pt1)June 8, 2007
Over the next few Friday’s I’m hoping to compile a short series entitled “Expect the Unexpected.” As the name suggests, these will be reflections on the ‘unplanned’ aspects of the preaching experience that nevertheless occur. Since preaching is a ‘live’ event and involves a genuine interaction with a large group of people, anything can happen. (NB: John Wesley is being attacked in the below pic!)
The topics I have in mind currently include emotion in pulpit and pew, adjusting to audience response, and chaos in the congregation (including everything from fainting fits to fighting!). You may have more suggestions to throw into the melting pot, and I’ll be most interested to hear over the week’s how you’ve dealt with some of the above.
I wonder then: what has been your most unexpected experience in the pulpit?