Preachers, Be Touched by that Word You Handle

“The preacher who handles the Word must first be touched by that same Word. Doctrinal preaching has an impact within both the cognitive and the emotive sectors. Preaching that leaves the cognitive untouched produces hearers who may leave the sanctuary feeling better but without having been helped by the deep doctrinal truths of the Scriptures. Classical rhetoricians attempted to be holistic in the speech act: enlighten the mind, touch the heart, and move the will. Preaching that avoids head engagement will lead to blindness, and preaching that ignores heart engagement–the emotive realm of the believer’s existence–does so at the cost of boredom and dullness, which prevents the result of an engaged hearing for a transformed life.”

–Dr. Robert Smith, Doctrine That Dances

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