When big news happens — civil unrest, natural disasters, terrorist attacks — pastors usually start an internal dialogue about the coming Sunday’s message.
Do I preach the message I’d planned on preaching? The one I had announced and slotted perfectly into our current series? The one I’ve already spent a couple of early mornings and late nights working on?
Or do I preach a message that addresses this current cultural crisis?
The question isn’t as simple as you might think, or as some leaders make it out to be in social media posts.
Does every significant cultural moment require us to abandon the pre-planned message for a “hot topic” message? Not necessarily. It all depends.
Here are a few questions that guide me when I’m deciding whether or not to address a particularly prominent news story . . .
Does this crisis affect my congregation more than the topic I’d planned on talking about?
If I happen to be preaching on the topic of marriages in trouble or how to recover from financial failure, should I switch to a topic that might actually be less deep for my congregation? Could the conversation about what’s in the news actually just be a distraction from what…Continue Reading