Michael Dewalt asks: ‘Can you Chew Tobacco and Preach the Bible at the Same Time?’ and proceeds to answer his own question.
Well Italian preachers did during the beginning of the 20th-century! This is my kind of preaching…
In Paul Bull’s Lectures on Preaching and Sermon Construction (Chapter 7, Section 5, Point 5) titled “Make a Right Use of Your Voice” he states,
“In normal sermons Italian preachers, arrived at the end of their first point, sit down, mop their faces with a large colored handkerchief, spit, take a pinch of snuff, and then, after two minutes, go on to their next point much refreshed. This would not be suitable in the present state of public opinion in England.”
Footnote: Paul B. Bull, Lectures on Preaching and Sermon Construction. (The MacMillan Co.: New York and Toronto, 1922), pp. 283.
Some of our expectations of preachers are culturally conditioned.
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