From time to time, Matt and I preach dialogue sermons together. I honestly found the idea sort of intimidating at first, and certainly outside the comfort zone afforded by following the traditional "seminary-approved" methods of preaching (were there to be such a thing). Instead, it has become one of the many reasons that I have so much joy serving alongside such a creative soul at St. Giles.
Most of the dialogue sermons we've preached together were written by Matt. For others, he left spaces for me to insert a story or two. Usually, the parts he wrote in my voice made me seem smart, and sometimes even brilliant. Still, I knew that there would come a day for me to take the lead in a dialogue sermon. Someday.
With Matt preparing for a new phase of his personal ministry ten hours away in Champaign, Illinois, that day has arrived, ready or not. Matt and I preached a dialogue sermon entitled "Prepare the Way" this morning in worship, based on passages from Isaiah 40 and Mark 1.
And, since the sermon this morning was written as a dialogue, the two minute recap video naturally had to be a dialogue, too. (The way the two of us can talk, I'm amazed we even managed to get remotely close to two minutes!).
Isaiah 40:1-11 (NRSV)
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