I have mentioned a couple times on my blog my concern about people falling asleep during my sermons and seminars, but I feel like sharing a few more thoughts on this phenomenon. First let me say to those of you reading this who might have fallen asleep during some of my presentations, I’m not complaining. I understand how difficult it can be to stay awake these days, especially with the challenge of getting enough sleep. And I realize that some sermons or presentations can’t keep from being dry at times. I also imagine it can be frustrating for you when you want to concentrate on a speaker but feel an overwhelming sense of lethargy and start dozing off. I just wonder what can be done to help this situation. Have we always had this trouble as humans, or is this just a recent phenomenon of our complicated and fast-paced society? And does responsibility for staying awake lie with members of the congregation or with the preacher? Should church members try harder to get more rest and find ways of staying awake at church or should preachers try to make their sermons more interesting? These are some of the concerns I’m sure I will be facing more and more.
Posted by: Douglas Mehling | January 20, 2008