My time in seminary has taught that there is a type of ‘expository preaching’ which misses the point. I’ve fallen prey to it a time or two. There is a type of ‘expository preaching’ that digs deep to mine out all the significance of the Greek/Hebrew and then uses these ‘nuggets’ as bad illustrations of one’s own point. Stories make more powerful illustrations than fallacious word pictures from Greek etymology. Using illustrations that make educated people say ‘that’s interesting’ doesn’t mean you’ve got the point of the passage, nor does it mean that you have exalted Christ. I pray we can do both.