When I was a healthcare chaplain, my preaching style changed dramatically! from the time that I was ordained in 1974 (40 years next month!) until 1999 when I took up my post with NHS Dumfries and Galloway, my sermons would start with a Biblical text and then, after an introduction, would have three points, then a conclusion.
Incidentally, a visiting minister who came to preach one Sunday at the particular Church where I ministered several years ago, asked – during the children’s story – “Does Mr Strachan have three points? Blank. Then a small voice, “No but Hearts got three points from yesterday’s football game!
Anyhow, my approach has changed. At the brief services for patients on a Sunday, I would tell an anecdote or use an illustration – a story, in fact – before ending by tying it into that morning’s…
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