Mike Huckabee Sermon Found!

Last week Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit posted IN SEARCH OF HUCKABEE’S SERMONS, linking to a Mother Jones article reporting on presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s announcement that he will not make his early sermons available to the media and the public. Reynolds joked: “He’s just taking Matthew 6:6 a little more seriously than most . . . .”

Actually, Huckabee recently preached at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas and made the whole sermon available to the media. Click here for video links and a full transcript of the message (preached on November 4, 2007).

As far as Huckabee’s earlier sermons from back when he was a pastor in the 1980’s, those messages may be more difficult to access. Many pastors preach from an outline rather than writing out a full manuscript, and many churches would not still have tapes of messages from 20-30 years ago. I started preaching in 1986, and I do not have copies of my earlier messages.

Also, although all preaching should be applicable to a wider audience, preaching is also directed to a specific congregation at a specific time, and so much of Huckabee’s sermons from the 1980’s may not be directly applicable to the media and public of the 21st century.

What do you think? If Huckabee’s earlier sermons are readily accessible, should they be made available to the media and the public? Or would that be akin to asking Mitt Romney to dig out his old Mormon Sunday School lessons?

(Note: The question about Romney is merely for comparative purposes. I do not know if Mitt Romney ever taught Sunday School, or whether Mormons even have Sunday School for that matter.)

12 Comments

  1. Well, sure.

    What pastor wouldn’t want his sermons to be heard far and wide as Christ is exalted as the answer for our sin?

    Why would he not want his sermons heard? Hey, if we’re gonna prepare and preach it, there’s nothing like having an audience!

  2. Sharon Gamble says:

    I think that the concern would be that media would be looking at the sermons with the purpose of finding some obscure quote that they could use to shock the public or discredit Mike Huckabee. Kind of a “casting pearls before swine” thing. If people are looking to find something wrong with you and if they have enough of your words…they will probably find a way to twist something that was said. However, perhaps a few folks who read the sermons WOULD be influenced for Christ. That would be wonderful! It could happen.

  3. I don’t know what making the sermons available would do to him as a political candidate.

    But I’d say integrity demands that he make them available to whatever extent possible. A preacher who tries to hide his sermons is no kind of preacher at all in my book.

    Then Huckabee would need to do his best to address the issue of context that you raised, Ray. Sermons are delivered orally to a specific audience. As such, certain things can be seriously misconstrued from a transcription or outline.

  4. Barry says:

    I do not know if Mitt Romney ever taught Sunday School, however Mormons do have Sunday School.

    Romney was a “Stake” President and a bishop. I’m sure he got plenty of opportunity to “preach’. However, Sunday services are not generally video-taped or televised.

    I enjoy your website. Thanks.

  5. Ray Fowler says:

    Barry – Thanks for the information. I figured Mormons must have some type of Sunday School. I did not know that they do not video-tape or televise services. Do you know if they release audio tapes or transcripts of messages?

  6. Jeff says:

    Hi, another mormon guy here…so, LDS church services probably wouldn’t be taped on your average sunday. There are televised conferences, but Romney wouldn’t have been on those. You can find the church leadership giving their “conference talks” (or sermons if you prefer) at lds.org.

  7. Ray Fowler says:

    Jeff – Thanks for the additional information. Just curious – is there any particular reason why services/messages aren’t taped? This is pretty common practice in many Christian churches, so I was just wondering if there was a specific reason Mormons chose not to.

  8. jschner says:

    Mormon Sunday School lessons are fairly generic and are more like class discussions rather than Sermons. The lessons are based on generic manuals that most all LDS churches use to teach from. The Old Testament is taught the 1st year. New Testament the 2nd year. Book of Mormon the 3rd year, Doctrine and Covenants and PofGP the 4th year. Then they start over again. The manuals are often used for the most part to guide the class. And if you travel you can usually walk into any LDS church and pick right up where you left from last weeks lesson. These lessons are all available online at http://www.lds.org And there is no need to tape the lessons as they are more like school than sermons so everyone reads the same scriptures and material and often the audience knows more than the teacher as many have been Sunday School teachers in the past themselves. The teacher is there to guide and lead the class for the most part. I hope that helps.

  9. Ray Fowler says:

    jschner – Thanks for the information. I did not know about the generic and cyclic nature of the lessons. But that makes sense why they would not need to tape them.

  10. Zakuska says:

    1) Mormon Stake presidents “don’t preach” they call other lay people to speak in church on Sundays.

  11. Ray Fowler says:

    Zakuska – I didn’t know that either. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Angela Burgess says:

    If an church is not wanting their sermons to be put out, they are probably teaching false doctrines. every true Christian church wants the whole world to hear.

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