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Common Myths about Preaching

A short post, just wanted to share an article that was published today on the Anglican Journal website, Common Myths about Preaching by the Rev. Robert Hartley.

I would suggest the underlying message behind Hartley’s myths is that we underestimate the interest, knowledge, faith and intelligence of our listeners. I particularly appreciate the myth regarding the length of the sermon. It has also been my experience that a poor 10 minute sermon is too long, and an engaging, stimulating 20 minute sermon is not long enough. People will sit through a terrible 2 hour movie, but we push to crush our liturgies into an hour.

What do you think about Hartley’s myths? Do they match your experience?

Dawn Leger

About Dawn Leger

I am a priest in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, having served in Stouffville, Ontario. I think preaching is a profound and great privilege granted to us by God and our Church. I love the reading, the writing, the proclaiming, the dissecting and the dialogue. I also love to cook, sing, read and laugh, in no particular order.
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