Bloggers at the moment seem to be fascinated by Wordles.
I thought this might be a good way to do a rough check on an expository sermon as to whether the sermon hits the same themes as the text....
Here's the wordle of my sermon from Mark 4:35-5:43 on Sunday
Here's the wordle of the ESV text that I preached from:
Mmmn, had I made death bigger than Jesus in the sermon, when it doesn't even appear on the wordle of the text? I don't think so! I think that the whole text is about Jesus authority over the realm of death, and so many of the other words on the text world (unclean, tombs, afraid, shackles, chains, disease, demon-possessed, dead, blood) are about death, our fear of it and the shadow it casts.
Wordles are interesting, but if we just look for the biggest words, we might fail to see the whole atmosphere that is created by a text with groups of words that are associated with one big theme. The word at the centre of the theme doesn't appear in this text until the very end - the death of Jairus' daughter.