1. Underlying the particular strategies of these missionaries was a more fundamental approach to proclamation, one contemporary preachers need to reclaim.
  2. For all his theological and literary works, Giertz was always a preacher at heart. He recognized the pulpit was the perpetual fount of the Church’s faith.
  3. Just as shoddy builders can get by at times with subpar work, so also shoddy preachers can occasionally offer up half-baked homiletic hash.
  4. Preachers can more deliberately make time to meditate deeply and quiet the clatter which keeps us from hearing the still, small voice of the Spirit.
  5. Time devoted to planning, to say nothing of prayer, pays-off in the long run many times over. If ever there was a vocation that need not be in a hurry, it is the cure of souls.
  6. Regardless of why they happen, sermon flops do happen to all of us. So, what should you do next?
  7. Augustine makes plain that the overarching aim of style is not to be showy; it’s to be an instrument of Spirit-led persuasion.
  8. Neither attentive note-taking, nor appreciative head-nods, nor even sympathetic tears satisfy the purpose of preaching. Only lives that are changed by the Word working in the hearts of God’s people can do that.
  9. Peterson would have us see each sermon embedded in the community of the faithful. No sermon stands alone because its context is not merely the liturgy, much less an online livestream, but the life together of God’s people.
  10. Clarity enables mobility. When preachers make the message clear, the people of God are freed-up to follow Jesus.
  11. Strategic silence is a sanctified stall tactic which benefits both the preacher and the pew-sitter. It is not just dead air.
  12. We entered the hospital with a jumbled ball of questions, uncertainties, and anxieties. We left with a master class in effective communication.

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