It is, however, easier to hold the attention of folk with shorter sermons than it is with shorter sermons. I have noticed folk squirm in their chairs like they never have before over the past few weeks. I struggled with this concept while going over the 3rd draft of the sermon on Saturday night. Then I thought about breaking the sermon up into three parts, rearranging it and presenting almost as three short episodes. I think this will work but did not this morning - I needed this idea to emerge on Wednesday not Saturday. I will use it, nevertheless, this coming week.
The other challenge has been the operating questions behind the sermon: What is the purpose of preaching? What do I want folk to experience/discover? What questions really grabbed me? Or over the course of the month what message do I want to convey to folk?