Did you realize that . . . .
We can not only think; we can think about what we think about!
We can listen to something and not only emotionally and intellectually respond to it, but we can think about why we respond to it.
For instance, there are entire books written on what makes something humorous or funny.
“Ever wonder what makes something funny? E.B. White once wrote that “humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.” A look at an explanation behind the punch line.” — by NPR “What makes something funny?”
Likewise . . . .
We cannot only listen to a biblical message and respond to it, but we can think about, analyze, and in a sense quantify what is being done which makes it effective.
Understanding that God-given cognitive reality, which separates us from the animal kingdom, gives us the ability to “duplicate” a mental methodology, and even when the subject or passage which is being addresses is completely different from what we are addressing or the passage which we are teaching or preaching.
We are able to listen to . . . .
- an introduction to a message or lesson, or
- an actual biblical message which is explaining and applying a passage
. . . which may be completely unrelated to what the passage we have selected and apply the same “technique” to our message. Once we understand what is being done, we can apply the same mechanics to our passage. Understanding what is being done gives the preacher, speaker, and/or teacher the ability to add “meat” to the message, lesson, or exposition.
Here is a link to a homiletical handbook . . . .
Click Here: The first Twenty-five pages free
Stop in regularly to learn about another rhetorical technique quantified/named and illustrated from a contemporary Bible preacher/teacher.