Rhetoric & Homiletics: Preaching On Sunday Is Like Football . . . .
The Power Of Analogy!
Today, Christianity posted an article titled, “The Penalties of Preaching.” It is a comparison between football and preaching the Sunday morning sermon
As I read it, I thought I was again reminded as to how useful it was in creating an “Analogical Illustration.”
While the CT article used the various football terms to describe a preacher’s life on a Sunday morning, it has a useful application in making a sermonic point or pushing a BigIdea — as does Tony Evans.
Watch Tony Evans do that. In 6 minutes, Evans builds and develops his football analogical illustration. Notice how quickly the audience catches the developing analogy and how they focus on and respond to Evans’ point.
Interference Chop Block Clipping Out of Bounds Encroachment Facemask False Start Holding Incomplete Pass Illegal Shift Delay of Game Ineligible Receiver Downfield Helmet to Helmet—personal foul Flagrant Foul Targeting Illegal Motion Block in the Back Intentional Grounding Offside Pass Interference Roughing the Preacher Roughing the Passer Personal Foul Extra Points Unnecessary Roughness Unsportsmanlike Conduct
I own several small books which layout the terminology of this-or-that sport . . .
. . . . because a speaker-preacher can do what Evans does with almost any sport (maybe excluding Curling), and/or that sport’s terminology.