Reflecting on Preaching:
As preachers, we have regular weekly appointments with Bible texts. If we use the Common Lectionary, they are texts that are given to us and we welcome them into our personal lives, and we play host to them as we engage the congregation with the text. As such, texts, like guests, should be treated with respect and the rules of hospitality apply. We invite them in, we make sure they feel welcome, we give them place of honor, and we let them speak.