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Preaching by Ear by Dave McClellan


According to Kenton Anderson, professor of homiletics at ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University, this volume represents “a powerful tool” because it offers a new (actually old) model of preaching. For centuries preaching has been shaped from a literary standpoint (i.e., reading, writing, outlining, and displaying sermons). But a pre-modern method of oral preparation and delivery largely has been forgotten. Preaching by Ear hearkens back to an earlier era when sermons were rooted inside the preacher and moved out in a natural and powerful way.  (From the Publisher’s Website)





Have you ever wondered why we still listen to people give speeches? From presidents to preachers to the best man at the wedding reception, we listen expectantly to what people say. Ours is still an oral society despite all of the advances in technology. Sure we can record these events but there is something special about being present at these events as is evidenced in the saying, “I guess you just had to be there.” So if we live in an oral society, why do we treat speaking engagements as sterile environments to deliver cold, hard facts?

In Preaching By Ear, Dave McClellan provides an apologetic for an oral-based approach to preaching. He first makes the case that we are still an oral society. He then shows how this was fleshed out in centuries past by giving a few examples both sacred and secular. Mr. McClellan helps us see how God created us to respond to the spoken word. We are then guided through the process of how this is accomplished in the life of the preacher.

I appreciate this book. It has helped me put into words the thoughts I have struggled with about teaching styles. Dave McClellan has, in his book, put his finger on something that I fear is missing in many preacher’s sermon preparation: the listening audience. This book is easy to read yet compelling in its content. I felt as if I were discovering new gems in each chapter. Reading this book has reinforced some habits that I employ in teaching but has also challenged me to reconsider how I prepare to deliver what I have studied.

I highly recommend this book to preachers, teachers, and anyone else who stands to speak to an audience. Thank you Dave McClellan and Weaver Book Company for this much needed resource.


Book Details:


  • Author: Dave McClellan
  • Publisher: Weaver Book Company
  • Format: Paperback
  • Page Count: 192
  • ISBN#: 9781941337028
  • List Price: $15.99



About the Author:

Dave McClellan is senior pastor of The Chapel at Tinkers Creek in Streetsboro, Ohio, and an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and John Carroll University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Grace College and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary before completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Communication from Duquesne University. Dave has served as an editor for Homiletics and contributed to the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletic Society, Leadership Journal, and Preaching Today. He is married to Karen and they have two grown children, Kelsey and Kyle. (From the Publisher’s Website)


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Disclaimer: I received this book from Weaver Book Company via Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my unbiased opinion.


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