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My friend Rod Casey recently wrote an article for Preaching Magazine that I thought was really good.  It’s all about considering your audience when you preach. Rod starts out:

Too many preachers fail to ask themselves what every successful fisherman asks. They fail to ask what bait will hook their listeners. Preachers may think that because their seminary training only needed an open Bible and syllabus notes to learn effectively that the same should be true for their learners, as well.

This line of thinking assumes that what was good enough for the preacher’s training in discipleship should be sufficient for everyone else. “My Bible teachers didn’t cater to me, and I learned the material presented just fine,” the preacher may think. This thinking assumes more motivation than is typically true for many who are listening to a sermon. keep reading