The three most important things about preaching are that it should be:
- faithful to the text
- applied to the hearers
Conservative evangelical preachers, in my experience, too often only aim for the first two.
A large fraction of the Bible is story. So why is there so little narrative preaching or preaching using lots of narrative that is also faithful? Jesus did it...
Why do so few books on preaching say that prayer is the most important element of preparation?