‘Preaching is really simple,’ Andy said yesterday. ‘You talk, they listen, you finish first.’
I’ll just give you a few seconds while you re-read that and let the penny drop. Good, isn’t it?
What about this one from Matthew. ‘Preaching is about finding your voice.’
‘What’s the point of finding your voice if you haven’t found their ear first?’
My last seven years in teaching were mainly about checking that what had been heard/seen by particular sensory impaired pupils was in fact the same as what had been taught. To ensure they had the same access as everyone else.
In school there are key things to learn, so effective access is important, and has many sides to it.
In our world, God has a passion for being with us, and being closely with us.
Worship, particularly collectively, is such a potentially powerful place for that to happen. God is spirit, and speaks to spirit, but words are often the vehicle. Please come on Sunday. Ask for the voice to be clear, and for it to know where the ear is. And also consider this. Your voice is as important as the preacher’s to someone’s ear.