• Arend Witten

    Thank’s David. A further advantage I’ve found is that when preaching consecutively you naturally come across specific subjects that may be sensitive to congregation members. And then it is clear that you’re not specifically “picking on them” this week. But this is part of God’s word and we submit to all of it.

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Yes, good point, Arend.

  • http://www.aclutteredmind.org Kevin Sorensen

    Thank you, David. This is good confirmation for my convictions, both the pros and cons. When I go ‘off’ a series, my congregation doesn’t mind, but were I to go ‘topical’ or ‘thematic’ for more than about 4–5 Sundays, I’d have quite a few saying, ‘Thanks for those thoughts; now, when are you going to get back to a book of the bible.’ I love my people; they keep me grounded in the Word!

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Sounds like a great church!

  • Sam Duthie

    Thanks David, very helpful points. I agreed with everything you said here so its nice to hear someone else say it also.

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Isn’t it great to find people who agree with us!

  • http://highplainsparson@wordpress.com Riley

    How long is too long for a series? What do you think?

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      I think it depends on the preacher and the book, Riley. But in general terms, I think series tend to go on too long. Unless you’re the next Martyn Lloyd-Jones! But remember he preached many of these long series on Friday nights, not Sunday services.