And I'm inspired to be a better preacher.
I read the pages of the sermons collected in Secrets in the Dark, and I can't pull myself away. Reading the metaphors derived from perceptions on everyday life that have a deep connection to my own life, my own thoughts, my own feelings, makes me realize what's needed in preaching. People need to hear the gospel, the Good News, and they need for it to help them make sense out of life. Preaching needs to help people connect with things in their world and in their lives, and then help them along with seeing their world through the lens of faith. When you preach with depth of meaning such as this you cannot help but be passionate, to preach as though the whole world depends on it.
I hope I can preach half as well as Buechner writes.