I was reading an article written by a professor of homiletics (preaching) in one of our seminaries. When I finished I thought I must share this with you guys. This is why so many professors of preaching could never pastor. I have included just a section of the article. This is how he descibes preparing for a sermon.
"What you will do is analyze that paragraph by identifying and doing what I call verb charting. This is something that is nut usually found in books on expository preaching. Here you actually make a list of every verb that is in your text, every main verb, and then you make a secondary list of verbals, which would be your participles and infinitives. Ideally you would do this from the Greek New Testament..."
"Then you determine the tense, voice and mood of those verbs and you chart that, you identify that. You use the information to determine what are the independent clauses and what are the dependent clauses in your text, with the underlying sense that the independent clauses are going to convey information that is more dominant in terms of its meaning; and the subordinate clauses are going to contain information, by definition, that are subordinate. You are identifying the actual linguistic or semantic structure of your text; and then from that you move on down from the paragraph level, to the clause level, to the phrase level. You analyze each one of these finally down to the word level where you do word studies."
He concludes by connecting audience-driven and topical preaching with pop psychology and is not founded on Biblical authority. Not once is there a mention of being led by the Spirit in preparing messages. Not once does he talk of the shepherd spending time with the sheep to know their struggles or doubts. The writer of Hebrews knew something of speaking to the needs of his audience when he wrote, "you should be on solid food, but you still need milk." (5:12) I guess it is the difference between looking at preaching from a purely academic perspective or from the conviction that preaching is both persiration and inspiration.