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Dave McClellan on Preaching by Ear

“…A preacher can preach from notes or manuscripts, or they can draw upon something more internal that has been composed in the soul.  I found that when I spoke about content that I had internalized and was very close to my heart, I felt more natural and comfortable and communicated better as well.  But I also found that my literary homiletic background didn’t prepare me to “preach by ear.”  I was taught to prepare sermons on paper and in private, and I didn’t realize there were any other options. Lately I’ve been exploring a more oral approach to preparation and delivery of sermons.  This approach is more consistent with Jesus’ command not to “be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour” (Matt. 10:19). …”

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