Preaching the Word in Good and True Words

Gracia Grindal

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1990

Issue: Church Talk: Slogans and Shibboleths (Vol. 10, No 3, Summer, 1990)

The language of preaching needs to be, if not eloquent, at least interesting enough to attract hearers; and then it needs to be true, in order to turn the attention of the hearer from the speaker to the Word and to his or her own heart—a tall order in these days when language is understood, before the fact, to be a debased and adulterate coin. How is the poor preacher, no longer steeped in rhetoric or public speaking, or even the great literature of all time, to compete in this stew of a market place?

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