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Mark Tully evaluates a range of preaching and considers what makes a good or a bad sermon.

Mark Tully evaluates a range of preaching and considers what makes a good or a bad sermon.

The Dominican Friars are known as the Order of Preachers, and Mark speaks with former Master of the Order, Brother Timothy Radcliffe, about how the balance of preaching has changed on the whole from hellfire and damnation to Good News.

Mark's copy of Webster's dictionary defines a sermon as, "a serious reproof or exultation expressed at tedious length," but Brother Timothy believes preachers must not climb into the pulpit and preach down at their congregation. He says, "They can, and should, lead listeners to have life and to have it abundantly."

Produced by Adam Fowler
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 30 Apr 2017 23:30

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Title: Treatise on Preaching

Author: Humbert of Romans

Translated by the Dominican Students Province of St. Joseph

Can be found here


Title: St. Mary Megdalene Preaching at Marseille

Author: Eilean Ni Chuilleanain

Published by Wake Forest University Press


Title: A Portrait of the Artists as a Young Man

Author: James Joyce

Published by Xist Publishing


Title: Preaching Islamic Renewal: Religious Authority and Media in Contemporary Egypt

Author: Jacqueline Brinton

Published by University of California Press


Title: Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville

Published by Penguin Classics

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