Which Preaching is Hardest?

December 12, 2008

What kind of preaching do you find most difficult? Easter preaching, funeral preaching, wedding preaching, regular Sunday preaching? For me, Christmas preaching! Let me know what you think…



  1. ooooh, I want two funeral options – of a believer and an unbeliever….

  2. Isn’t Christmas preaching wonderful though? Grace, goodness, incarnation, hope, CHRIST himself!!? And usually quite a few visitors to the congregation come to hear it too!

  3. If I may say, as someone who is not a Pastor and does not preach to a congregation, but is simply a church member who appreciates all that is preached, I would believe it to be for a funeral. Having gone through several funerals of family and friends, both as a Believer and non believer, I honestly can’t imagine what it is like in this situation, but I would think it would be the most difficult.

  4. Christmas — only from the standpoint that there’s only so much you can say, and only so many texts. I recycle a lot of old Advent/Christmas messages — I don’t repeat them, but I do rework them.

    I actually “enjoy” (in the sense that I’ve very comfortable doing them) preaching funerals — my messages are always brief and usually have one point that I’m trying to get across. And, whether for a known believer (obviously, these are the easiest to preach) or even a person whose faith is not known, I try to orient the message around the Good News of what Christ has done for us.

  5. I honestly was surprised Christmas preaching was considered most difficult in the poll. There are so many different angles and aspects of the Christmas story…

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