Last night I had a great conversation with Matt. He is one of IBC's super duper college ministry leaders and a seminary student.
We were talking about certain speakers and preachers and some were described as "not very deep". So we started to ask the question, what is deep teaching?
Does depth come when you throw in a greek word here and there?
Is depth when you give lots of historical and cultural background?
Is it deep when you tell your listeners something they don't know?
Does talking for a long time and reading lots of scripture make a talk deep?
Does depth happen when those listening have their thinking challenged?
This morning some other questions started rattling around in my mind. Is depth a sufficient goal for my speaking? Do I want people to walk away after listening to me and say "wow, that was deep" or do I want them to walk away thinking / feeling / doing something else?
So how would you define "deep teaching"? AND do you believe depth is a legitimate goal for speakers to have?