Preachers, we need to show, not tell. What this means is that it is crucial to address the senses. We need to spice up our language so that people can get a clear picture in their minds about what we are describing.
Generalization is the death of sermons. Specific, significant, concrete details create movement in people’s lives.
Concrete means that there is an image, something that can be see, heard, smelled, tasted or touched.
Detail means that there is a degree of focus and specificity. Detailed is important to the image because it moves away from the generalized and toward the particular. For example, creature is a generalized notion and hard to see. Dog narrows the field. A mixed-breed Shepherd we can see. Old Sammy asleep on the red rug, his haunches twitching in his dream brings the dog into sharp focus in our minds.
Significant means that the specific image also suggests an abstraction, generalization or judgment.Continue Reading …