The Sermon’s Delivery Doesn’t Razzle Dazzle Me Anymore, Now What?

Daily Dose of T. D. Jakes
Daily Dose of T. D. Jakes

I’ve been that person who has fallen in love with the Word of God.  I’ve studied and read, and read and studied the Bible in numerous versions: from the KJV to The Message.  The Word of God empowers! It transforms!  It brings clarity!

I’ve also been that person who has fallen in love with the power of a well delivered sermon.  I have been a fan of the best of the mega-church Bishops and Pastors with a gift (or expertise) in delivering a word.  These people, like Bishop Noel Jones, Pastor Paula White, Prophetess Juanita Bynum and Bishop T.D. Jakes to name a very few, are the ones I’ve allowed to move me, as well as many others who are not well known, because they have that ability.  We always love the best of the best in everything, don’t we?

These people are very good at plucking the heartstrings of the people.  We file into the church every Sunday faithfully to have those strings plucked, and we expect them to be plucked good.  The Preacher doesn’t disappoint: at the beginning of the sermon, he starts slow and low, and rises steadily to the crescendo, not unlike a good opera, or a good concerto.  We eagerly ride the wave to get amped, and we love it.  I’ve gotten amped, and have loved it.  Except I didn’t call it getting amped, but being touched by the Spirit moving in the place.

As I come back weekly for my fix from my favorites, the mundane happens and  I start to peep their basic technique.  Oh, she always says that at this point in her sermon; oh he always uses that phrase at the midpoint of his sermon; oh she always starts her sermons that way, no matter the subject.   And whatever other tricks of the particular preacher’s trade.  I become somewhat jaded when I start detecting these normal speech giving things.  Immature of me, but nevertheless.

As I allow myself to thing about it, it begins to hit home that I was probably too into “The Delivery” of the sermon.  I won’t say that I didn’t hear and receive the words of truth of that sermon, but the delivery was a huge part of the package for me.  Now I see the regularness of the preacher, and that he’s using a formula, like all speech makers.  Now I’m slightly disappointed, let down, or something.  I then realize that I wanted my Word delivered via a performance.  Is it my fault?

When I was a young girl, I was a fan of The Jackson Five.  I loved them – Mama’s Pearl, ABC, The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage, Little Bitty Pretty One!  Loved all of those songs, and they touched my tiny little 10 year old heart.  But at the time,  what I could NOT understand was why so many girls would swoon and faint and all the rest of it, just at the sight of the Jackson Five.  Even at the age 10, I thought it was silly and strange.

Fast forward to now.  I’m listening to the sermon being preached and am desiring to be made to swoon?  And I feel a particular way when I don’t swoon?  I got some issues right there.  The problem is I’m expecting more from the preacher than I should expect, which takes away from the Word.  There’s an imbalance.

Something’s not right, and my spirit knows it.  So when my spirit is imbalanced, I must tune out the voices of others, and sit quietly with myself.  I pray and get myself back in tune, however long it takes.  I seek out the simple wisdom of the ages.  I pick up my Bible and start reading for myself once again.  I take that time away from the chatter of life.  It works for me.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. Jim Bowman says:

    I’d say you have it right.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Thanks Jim!

  2. liftingasweclimb says:

    My godmother harps on, “Follow God, don’t follow man.” I’ve come to respect how profound that advice. There’s something in us that wants to turn others into demi-gods: hero worship, fan boy, celebrity are symptoms but the end result is the same, idolatry. Dangerous territory.

    Thanks for the post.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Yes indeed it’s dangerous territory, because it slipped up on me, and I truly believe that I’m above being slipped up on. I still feel too smart for that, yet and still…

  3. Patricia Yvonne says:

    Dear friend, the Bible speaks of the Man who came with a “MESSAGE” one who have sat in God’s presence and learned of Him and then sent out with a message straight from God. Sermons are man made they “razzle and dazzle” and burn out. POWERLESS! Thank God for his spirit that reminds us to go to our quiet place and listen for the voice of the Lord… the one that guides us to all righteousness…and gives us a “MESSAGE” THAT WE MAY DELIVER TO THOSE WHO ARE LOST IN THE RAZZLE DAZZLE!!! BE BLESSED

    1. Anna Renee says:

      It’s a trip how when that moment comes upon you when you realize that you were tripping. I would read my Church bulletin first thing, to see who would be preaching, and if so and so was, I was hyped and got myself ready! Not unlike the feeling I felt when I went to Universal Studios to see Frankie Beverly and Maze, or Luther Vandross. That anticipation thing. The message was secondary. Even though it was a close second, that still cant be right.

      It’s scary to think of those LOST in the razzle dazzle. They are like sheep with no shephard.

  4. Lin says:

    Cello, A.M.

    Missed you.

    Unless one is TRULY inspired, kissed by the linguistic gods, the muses, or touched by God Himself, then there is always that chance of simply ‘calling it in’. This occurs perhaps because others expectations run so high. The trick is to never allow others to see what goes on behind the curtain (Wizard of Oz reference).

    The Spirit is a wonderful thing, but I question if it is a constant/perpetual thing in any of our lives, or if we have to actively and humbly CALL upon it for an assist.

    I tend to think it is the latter.



    1. Anna Renee says:

      Hi Boo!! How are things? When is Moanerland reopening? The Spirit is indeed a wonderful thing. I don’t have to rely on somebody elses portion of the Spirit as it works through them, though. I should center myself and tune in to my own portion of the Spirit in ME.
      And yes, I also believe I have to take the time to CALL on the Spirit for my assist. I shouldn’t sit idly waiting for “Sunday Mawnin” to devour someone else’s Spiritual portions. That’s probably why so many pastors burn out and start doing worldly things like drug and sex addiction to maintain ANY ole kind of spirit to feed their greedy flocks.

      Sometimes the chuuch-fokes remind me of baby birds in the nest, louding CAW CAWing for their mama to stuff stuff in their mouths. Those baby birds’ mouths are almost bigger than their moms’ whole bodies!

  5. Reggie says:

    My mother and grandmother are and were big proponents of follow God not man. But I will tell you that a well delivered sermon can move me to tears and a not so well delivered sermon can put a man to sleep and kill his spirit quicker than Kryptonite can kill Superman. Now is that right? Probably not, but it is what it is. I understand that we don’t go to church to get entertained, but………… me the delivery is very very important.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      I hear you Reggie! It might not be right, but it’s real.

  6. Lin says:

    This is so true, AM. Maybe that’s what happens to people who are too damned lazy to THINK for themselves, or put in any personal spiritual work, & allow others to think & speak FOR them & THEIR beliefs. That kind of laziness upsets me because it runs so rampant!
    I’m glad you called those leaders of certain congregations out on this topic. Somebody HAD to say something!

    re: Moanerland: Not quite ready yet. The tragedy in CT has wiped me clean of words or anything real other than tears.

    BTW, on a lighter note (no pun): Today marks TWO YEARS smoke-free! Applaud me! 🙂


    1. Anna Renee says:

      Regarding Moanerland: I understand perfectly. In your own time, or even never if that’s how you feel. The hellish hit our children (of the world) are taking requires deep contemplation, to assess how we got to this place, imho.
      It’s been TWO YEARS already?! *raucous applause* You know the little cartoon guy who applauds from the edge of his chair in the SF Chronicle newspaper reviews of movies? That little bugger is me applauding YOU! 😀

  7. Good Article! I think you are on the right track. This ascending level of thinking is what lead me to leave Christianity… I am not suggesting that you do the same, because in my view faith is indeed a personal experience. But what you suggest should make one wonder – is the end game of “the church” to change lives or to play on the emotions of people? For me, it is often these emotions that have us duped by an illusion and not in tune with reality.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Too often, church is used as a holding tank of manipulation, imho. I still trust and believe in God, just not too many of those who claim to be His servants.

      1. Oh I too still believe in The Most High. I do not believe in the concept of God as it is taught in the Christian church. IMHO- Christianity was built on that very emotion that we now witness in modern day sermons. It goes all the way back to when slaves were brought over on ships to this country and before. I’m only suggesting that the intent of that emotion is manipulative beyond the “church house” and/or Sunday morning sermons. It keeps folks bound to an illusion rather than the real truth. JMO

        1. Anna Renee says:

          I hear you sis. I see too much of the emotionality, and on the negative side to feel comfortable about it. I did a post a while back

          where I delved into the emotional side from the ex-Christians perspective. I was on that Holier Than Thou trip, even though I accused them of it. I ended up attracting alot of anger from readers. But in the end something one person said made me stop and reassess with a more open mind. He made me see that there is a REASON that some become ex-Christians. And that reason is the harsh manipulation of children’s emotions of fear and guilt that these so called Christians leaders and shephards hand out.
          I ended up learning alot, even though I thought I was administering a strong verbal spanking.

  8. Paddy says:

    Yes I Call it The good Thing

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