On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec 5–6, RTS-Orlando inaugurated our annual Hughes Preaching Lecture Series by hosting Rev. Kevin DeYoung.
Kevin is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC, and assistant professor at RTS-Charlotte. The topic of his 4-part lecture series was, “How Can a Biblical Sermon Be So Boring?” He covered various topics such as unity, spontaneity, and authenticity in the pulpit. As is typical for Rev. DeYoung, he provided stimulating insights as well as a good dose of down-to-earth self-deprecation and humor. Of particular interest (to me at least) was Kevin’s encouragement to students to make a clear distinction between “conference sermons” and “congregation sermons.” We also learned about a new category for bad sermons, credited to Sinclair Ferguson: “that was a dog’s breakfast.”
On Wednesday we hosted a community lunch where Professor Glodo interviewed Kevin about a range of topics, including avoiding the idolatry of big-personality-preachers, the different ways of “preaching Christ,” and the use of one’s kids as sermon illustrations!
Many thanks to our staff for pulling off a great event, and to Rev. DeYoung for taking time to be with us!