Another approach to understanding the need to preach the text… not preach around the text. Using the image of a phone, the author makes a very important point:
Some of us are happy to have the text sit open in front of us while we construct our message based on the text. We make the most random associations in order to preach from the Bible book we would have preferred to be preaching from. We jump off relatively incidental details at least in the way we use them to get to the message we are itching to share.All the while the text sits there. Inspired dynamite ready to be detonated in the hearts and lives of listeners, lying dormant while we wax on eloquently with our message based on the text, sort of. Can I be so bold as to summarize my point in three words? Preach the text!