Finding a good passage to preach

Words belong to sentences, and sentences usually belong to paragraphs, scenes, stropes, or larger units within the grammar of a genre. This is why I urge that a good expositional sermon never take less than a full paragraph, or its literary equivalent (e.g., a scene, a strope, or the like), as a basis. The reason is clear: Only the full paragraph, or its equivalent, contains one full idea or concept of that text. To split off some of its parts is to play with the text as if it could be bent in any fashion in order to accomplish what we think is best (p. 54).
Kaiser, Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament

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