The Library Basement
Reading under ground

Against applicable sermons

If you can't apply it on Monday, you won't hear it on Sunday.

You'll probably see the above promise on the seeker portions of church websites. It is an expression of a popular principle for Christian sermons: they should be applicable. More than that, they should also contain specific and concrete recommendations of how to apply the sermon. Inapplicable sermons are apparently less popular among church goers. I have a problem with that: I don't particularly like applicable sermons. I prefer esoteric, theological, ivory tower type sermons. Probably my all-time favorite sermon series was a four week exposition of the Nicene creed. Excellent! To be honest, I'd rather be left to my leisure to figure out how to apply what I hear. In the meantime, I'd like to hear interesting sermons.