Preaching Is God's Tool

Preaching Is God's Tool In the last couple of  posts we considered whether preaching is worth the effort in a world that is so deeply impacted by media.  God reminded me many times that preaching is God's tool to change lives.  Let me tell…

Does Preaching Make A Difference?

Does Preaching Make A Difference? In the last post I asked the question, "Is preaching worth the time and effort I put into it?"  In today's post I am continuing that theme, with a slightly different question: "Does preaching make a difference…

Is Preaching Worth The Time and Effort?

Is Preaching Worth The Time And Effort? That's a good question, isn't it?  I read a long time ago the results of a study that someone had done on how long people remember a sermon.  By Sunday evening, as I recall, the normal listener remembered…

The Power of the Pregnant Pause

The Power Of The Pregnant Pause I learned the power of the pregnant pause by accident.  It happened when I was a seminary student, assigned to preach in a pretty conservative church near our school.  I was nervous, because at that time I…

Pace Is Important For The Preacher

Pace Is Important For the Preacher In the last post we looked at the need to vary the pace of your sermon.  Pace is important for the preacher who wants to keep the attention of the people.  Here are some more suggestions about pace of your…

The Preacher's Voice Is A Great Tool

The Preacher's Voice is a Great Tool In the last post we considered some of the ways a preacher's voice can be a disadvantage in communicating the Word of God.  In this post we turn to the fact that the preacher's voice is a great tool for…

The Preacher's Voice Can Be A Big Drawback

The Preacher's Voice Can Be A Big Drawback In the last several posts we have been considering Albert Mehrabian's 7-38-55 theory of communication.  Recall that the conclusion of his research led him to propose that 7 percent of communication…

Eye Contact Enhances Preaching

Eye Contact Enhances Preaching I closed the last post with a very short reference to using the eyes as a means of communication.  In this post we will focus on how eye contact enhances preaching as you connect with your audience. Why Making…

Your Facial Expression Communicates

Your Facial Expression Communicates We've been looking at Mehrabian's 7-38-55 rule over the last several posts.   Remember that this rule says that 7% of communication is our words, 38% is our tone of voice, and 55% is our body language.  So…

Movement Adds A Message to the Sermon

Movement Adds A Message To The Sermon We have been considering how important body language is to the preacher.  In the last post we considered some of the ways to use your hands in gesturing in a way that will enhance your message.  In this…