What makes a good preacher?

By Brian Edgar

What makes a good preacher? One answer is that words make a good preacher, words that communicate the Word of God. The Word. They can illuminate, transform, challenge encourage and uplift. On the other hand, one can argue that it is good listening which makes a good preacher. People make the preacher. Their expectation, their hopes and their prayers are a critical part of good preaching.  If the preaching is poor, it may not be so much because of the preacher’s poor words but because of the people’s poor listening!

The piece ‘Preaching and Listening to the Word of God
’ was published in the Australian Ministry Digest: A Quarterly Journal for Clergy and Church Leaders (2000) Vol 7, No 3.

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