Wednesday, November 03, 2004

the wearing of underwear when preaching

Exegesis is like underpants. It makes the preacher feel secure and comfortable wearing them when up-front. Indeed, the more creative the sermon approaches, the more the need for the security of underwear. Further, approaches like storytelling or inductive work best over the top of underwear.

A few years ago, the fashionable preacher was advised not to show their underwear. It was considered distasteful and inappropriate.

However, in these changing times, I am now suggesting that a certain amount of underwear needs to be shown. Letting the audience know that Biblical text and culture is valued and explored adds a certain “holy~ness,” a certain sensual promise of more.

Posted by steve at 04:35 PM


  1. some underwear is worth seeing – other stuff is always best hidden!

    Comment by hamo — November 3, 2004 @ 5:56 pm

  2. It’s got to be a Canterbury thing. First Daniel Carter and now this.

    Comment by StephenG — November 3, 2004 @ 9:53 pm

  3. Of course it depends on the underwear, some preachers are better always hiding their well-used, ancient and holey (but un-holy) exegesis from public gaze 😉

    Comment by tim — November 4, 2004 @ 6:13 am

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