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A Poll September 22, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes, Random Musings.

In the three months that Joe and I have been blogging, we have never had a poll in which we have asked specifically for the response of our readers. But I want to do that today. In preparing for my sermon on Sunday I came across a quote that was of interest to me. I want to test its accuracy, at least in the eyes of our audience. So here is the quote:

“The days of speakers using loud, booming, “preacher” voices are over. The postmodern audience responds better to natural, more personal preaching styles that are relational and conversational. Today’s audiences generally prefer a more casual approach to preaching that does not sound like the preaching their grandparents heard. Your audience probably prefers something more akin to a conversation about God’s truth. Calvin Miller says this conversational approach is like saying to the audience, ‘Draw up your pew and let’s have a coffee-and- doughnuts communication.’”

The response I am looking for is this: Do you agree with this statement about the kind of preaching that people want to hear? I realize you are not all considered “postmoderns”, but I want to know your thoughts. So if everyone who reads this blog can click on the “comments” icon at the bottom of the post and take a few seconds to write yes, you agree, or no, you disagree with the quote, I would greatly appreciate it.

Joe, no response from you to sway the opinions of our readers. I already know your opinion anyway! I have intentionally left my thoughts out of this post. This is purely for the sake of researching for my sermon.

Thanks to all who take the time!




1. Gerry - September 22, 2006


2. Gerry - September 22, 2006

I disagree

3. Joe W - September 23, 2006

Disagree – there is a time, place, context and advantage for each particular preaching style.

4. paul - September 24, 2006


5. sears' - September 25, 2006

disagree…sorry to be tardy!

6. Re - September 25, 2006

A late response, but heart felt. I agree w/ Joe W. BUT, do believe more often than not, we NEED to have it laid out in full force. Coffee & donuts are ok for the introduction of a sound message, but then it’s time for us all to put the caffeine and sugar down and get nourished by God w/ a booming voice of the Truth.
It makes me think of Hebrews 5: 11-14

About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Coffee time is for before or the sweet fellowship after the boom…the booming preachers of the past were the nourishment to the founding fathers that laid our country out, shouting “In God we Trust!”

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