Rhetoric & Homiletics: Preaching On Sunday Is Like Football . . . .

See the source image  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.

The analogical illustration can be used to develop and drive a biblical truth about Christian life and living.

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.


Football Terms From CT:

Chop Block
Out of Bounds
False Start
Incomplete Pass
Illegal Shift
Delay of Game
Ineligible Receiver Downfield
Helmet to Helmet—personal foul
Flagrant Foul
Illegal Motion
Block in the Back
Intentional Grounding
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.




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Additional Football Terms:

A Hail Mary

Armchair Quarterback

Being A Cheerleader


Do An End Run

Drop Back & Punt




Pile On

Push It Over The Line

Run Inference



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I guess there is one!

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