The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Listen up!

Great preaching begins with careful listening

It's about the hearer. That's what I tell my preaching classes. Preachers should always begin by considering their hearers. Without this there can be no powerful preaching.

This is contrary to what most of us were taught. Yet it is how the rest of our communication works: We decide what to communicate and how to do it based on who the listener or reader is.

In fact listening is the preacher's most important activity. They do best by following a sequence of listening--to the hearer, to God's word as a living word and finally to the text from which the sermon will be preached.

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