Preaching: Expository or Text-Driven?

Expository preaching has its proponents and detractors. One only has to read either Haddon Robinson and Jerry Vines or Fred Craddock and Eugene Lowry to discover a divergence of opinion concerning this homiletical method.[1] The former are fervent teachers and practitioners of expositional preaching, while the latter eschew deductive, expository preaching method for the inductive, narrative sermon form. It would be safe to say that if expository preaching privileges sermon content, then the narrative preaching form privileges the sermon experience.[2] It might help to define terms and clarify concepts. Haddon Robinson, in his landmark work, Biblical Preaching, defines expository preaching as

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