The great majority of my preaching has been lectio continua - that is, preaching through books: chapter by chapter, verse by verse. The sort of churches I've attended and worked in have always preached in this way. And I see a thousand benefits to it.
But, just thinking aloud here... I wonder what would happen if a law was passed banning lectio continua. What if we just weren't allowed to fill our preaching programmes with Exodus 1-20 then Philippians then Matthew 11-15 then some Advent sermons then back to Exodus...
What if preachers had to feed their congregations Sunday by Sunday with the nourishment the Lord's been providing for them personally?
Now obviously the Lord might be thrilling our hearts with the next chapter of our assigned reading. And so often I've had the experience of finding a 'new favouite chapter' of the bible as I've studied the passage for that Sunday.
But still. And granting that hobby-horse-preaching can also mask spiritual morbidity, I just wonder...
If lectio continua was banned, might it not show a thousand preachers to be empty, barren and dry as dust?