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Abstract

KRUGER, Ferdinand P.. Comprehensible preaching is simple preaching: A practical-theological reflection on preaching style. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.2, pp.1-11. ISSN 2305-0853.

There is interdependence between preaching and transformation in the lives of hearers. There is a relationship of interaction and communication between preacher and hearers, exists in the act of preaching. When preachers open their mouths, style is used. Artists use colour in their paintings, but preachers use words to colour the content of their message. The research question for this investigation is therefore: What is the effect of an unclear style in sermons? The hypothesis for this research is that an unclear style in sermons does not change lives and fails to bring hearers into the presence of God. The research field is explored by coming to grips with the current practical theological situation. This article investigates certain meta-theoretical perspectives from the fields of Art History and Communication Skills. Basic-theoretical perspectives will be derived from the letter of James and normative vantage points will unfold. The researcher reaches the conclusion that good style creates a space in which hearers can communicate with God. A specific style of preaching is not necessarily the best style to use. Good style uses the correct words in the right places. Good style in a sermon makes preaching clear and comprehensible.

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