Oh yes, master changing techniques - most definitely!
BUT first be mastered by unchanging convictions.
Oh yes, learn to unpack the biblical text - most definitely!
BUT also learn to unpack your listeners, your world, and your self.
Oh yes, long for the Spirit's anointing on your preaching - most definitely!
BUT also acknowledge his inspiring of the text, illuminating of listeners, convicting of the world.
Oh yes, with illustrations, be a surfer - most definitely!
BUT better still, be a habitual watcher, reader, listener, and thinker about life as it flies by.
Oh yes, aim at transformative preaching - most definitely!
BUT not by minimising the role that information plays in the transformation which prevails.
Oh yes, use an abundance of images - most definitely!
BUT not out of a diminished confidence in the power of the spoken word to create something out of nothing in people's lives.
Oh yes, look to improve the eyes and the hands and the voice and the face - most definitely!
BUT nothing beats your own transparent and conversational passion.
Oh yes, aim at note-free delivery and maybe even walkabouts - most definitely!
BUT not at the expense of the clarity and depth which prevents it becoming a rambling waffle.
Oh yes, utilise the powerpoint slides - most definitely!
BUT only as a complement to good structure, not as a crutch for poor structure.
Oh yes, work with story-telling because it reaches where nothing else can reach - most definitely!
BUT don't minimise the role which propositions play as the rational spine to the story.
Oh yes, become an apply-er of the truth - most definitely!
BUT first be an even-handed explainer of the truth - otherwise you will pander to consumerist forces and truth will gradually be remade in the image of listeners.
Oh yes, may God set apart some readers of this to be preachers of his Word in the 21st century ("Please, Lord!") - most definitely!
And there ain't no 'BUT's.