Lately, I’ve been reading through Brian D. Russell’s work on missiological readings of Scripture. I can already see how these articles will seriously affect the way I teach and preach in the future.
As I was reading, I found this interesting quote from Erwin McManus. Brian asked him if there was a particular style of sermon that connected best with others, and this was his enlightening response:
Brian, in a lot of ways, I think what it comes down to is one simple thing: Does the person listening view you as the kind of person that they would like to in some way become? If the answer is no, no new approach of preaching is going to help you. If the answer is yes, it’s amazing how much people will adapt to your style.