I just read about how Grace Community CRC in Oak Lawn (the one hosting the service for Synod delegates) has delved into discussion-based preaching. I have just read Doug Pagitt's "Preaching re-imagined" and Christopher Ash's "The priority of preaching". You couldn't get two more widely differing views on what pastors and congregations should do regarding the preaching of God's Word.
Here's a pithy quote from Ash: "Submission (to the Word of God) is not the same thing as discussion. Discussion is comfortably in line with the spirit of the age" (p. 35) Now here's Pagitt speaking about the priesthood of all believers "...Even in the rare instances in the Bible when speeches are made, they fit into the context of a community that is in near-constant dialogue. In fact, a great deal of the spiritual formation that happens to people int eh Bible takes place outside of any sort of "church" environment. People in the Bible met God when they are walking to a neighboring village, when thy are talking with unlikely messengers, when they are in the midst of crisis. The idea, then, that only a trained professional can speak about God with any kind of authority goes against nearly everything we find in Scripture." (p.153)
I line up with Ash more than Pagitt. Bible studies and discussion groups have their place, but in the context of the worship service, the authoritative Word of God (yes, from a pulpit) cannot be replaced by a discussion, however insightful. I do not know exactly how discussion-based preaching works at Grace Community CRC. There are certainly many models out there. I would like a discussion on this topic. Maybe there is something I have overlooked. The Bible says, "Two are better than one..."