Seven Things I’ve Learned About Sermons

(1) Interest and time are inversely proportional. The greater my interest, the shorter the sermon.

(2) Interest and investment are directly proportional. The more you put in, the more I take out.

(3) If it’s where I live, my attention is yours to lose.

(4) The more you care about me, the more I’ll hear.

(5) If I should care but don’t, pursue me. Work at opening my eyes. Draw me in.

(6) Anyone can read a passage and restate it in his own words. (See #2.)

(7) It’s better when God is involved. Ask Him what I need to hear, ask Him how to say it, and ask Him for my attention. I don’t want to miss a word if God is behind it.


Published by Paul Santhouse

I’m a husband and father, follower of Jesus Christ, and member of the Moody Publishers team. I've worked with gifted authors and their books for thirty-plus years, and I believe the local church is where we become the kind of people who reveal what Jesus is like. Since this is my personal blog, the views and opinions expressed herein are my own, not those of my employer. However — books, publishing, the work of the church, and learning to follow Jesus are central to my daily experience, so that's what this blog is about. Thanks for visiting! Paul

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