You may have done so and like me, been reasonably lacking in any experience of the preaching style of ++Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of TEC. Not only did he impress me with his enthusiasm and panache in delivery, he impressed heaps of people on Twitter. And I do not mean just clergy/preachers.
Here is Ed Miliband, British politician and non-Christian:
Rev Michael Curry could almost make me a believer— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) May 19, 2018
++Curry's content was pretty good to and packed a lot in, from Song of Songs to 1 John, from Martin Luther King through Jesus Christ to Teilhard de Chardin and back to MLK, all on the theme of the power of redemptive love. (Full sermon here and here).
There was a lovely one liner or two:
Jesus didn't get an honorary doctorate for dying ++Curry— Peter Carrell ن (@petercarrell) May 19, 2018
Sure, there was some Tweeted criticism, re length and, well, too much enthusiasm for Brits, as well as some humour:
would pay all the money to hear the British reverend read out the American preacher's sermon— Toby Manhire (@toby_etc) May 19, 2018
Last time royal bride was upstaged by Pippa Middletown’s backside.— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) May 19, 2018
Today it’s the fire and love guy
If there was ever a time that I wish I could be inside Prince Phillip's mind it would be right now. #RoyalWedding— Matt Banks (@Matt_Banks3) May 19, 2018
But enough of the humour. Curry's sermon was as powerful reminder of the potential of preaching to connect with people, to display the gospel in a gripping and attractive manner, and to use the medium of television to communicate to a large number of people (albeit viewing for reasons other than watching a preacher). What is there not to like and not to learn?
Which is an appropriate moment to draw attention to this sobering survey of secularism versus Christianity/church life in Kiwiland: here.
(This will be my only post this week.
I am engaged in our annual Clergy Conference.
I will try to post any comments but am unlikely to engage with any comments after today, Sunday.)