Preachers, Mood Matters


Bones of Fire

green blueIn preaching, your mood matters. Not whether or not you’re grumpy that morning, but whether or not your mood reflects the text.

You can say “Jesus is the most precious and valuable thing you could ever hope for,” while communicating, “Jesus is pretty cool, but . . . meh.”

The way you say something can actually be a barrier from a person truly hearing the message you should be conveying.

The Mood of a Text

I’ve heard preachers who sounded angry and frustrated when preaching a text that wasn’t portraying the same mood. As one of my profs said, “You shouldn’t preach Psalm 23 as a rebuke.” Why? Because the purpose is to comfort, soothe, put at rest.

If preaching is when the content and intent of a passage becomes your content and intent, then that includes tone and mood. That’s why one of the questions I ask myself in…

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