It has been one of those weeks this week. I have been experiencing Sermon Block. Writers have Writer’s Block so I guess preachers have something similar. All week I have been toiling with my Sunday Morning message. I would start. Change it. Start over. Throw it in the trash. Pray. Start over. Finally, I decided to preach on a different subject. Then it began to come a little easier.
Some weeks my brain works creatively. Sermons just flow but other weeks it seems that I get stuck. When I am in a series, I usually have at least one sermon out of the group that I just can’t get down. I know what I am going to preach about, but I just can’t get it on paper. I always skip that week’s sermon and come back to it.
I have often wondered if other preachers struggle with this. Maybe you do not need to write your sermons, maybe you can just “wing” it. But not Danny Cheney. I like to write out my thoughts and try to memorize them. I am just not gifted to go to the pulpit with Bible in hand and expect God to give it to me there. I ask God to give it to me during the week so that I won’t be a nervous wreck on Sunday.
To my readers that are preachers, “What do you do to get through sermon block? Are you a “wing it” kind of preacher or do you like to write out at least a portion of your sermon? I would love to here from you (clik on the comments link below)