Do you ever feel you get into ruts? I mean, do you find comfortable topics and revovle around them? Or even uncomfortable topics that you keep coming back to? Recently I feel many of my sermons have been very "academic", more teaching than preaching. As well they have been very much about judgment and challenging and service and not too much encouragement and just enjoying what Christ has done for us. To my understanding expositional preaching should all but ensure we avoid ruts. Also, reading widely and updating my library should also help. Any thoughts? What sort of ruts do you get into? How do you avoid them?