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Touchstones for Preaching

Touchstone 5: Scripting for the Ear, Not for the Eye

Preaching is a form of oral communication. A homily is given primarily by means of the preacher's voice. A homily is received primarily by means ofthe listener's ears. Therefore, the preacher needs to script the homily in a manner that appeals to the listener's sense of sound. The following presentation provides helpful tips for scripting the homily for the ear and not for the eye.

Presented July 7, 2011. | Transcript

Questions for Reflection

  • Listen to some of your homilies. Do they sound conversational or do they sound like you are delivering a written essay?
  • What concrete suggestions can you take from this presentation to apply to your own preaching?