Rewiring Your Preaching: How the Brain Processes Sermons

Rewiring Your Preaching: How the Brain Processes Sermons


By (author) Richard H Cox, Foreword by Dean of Medical Education and Professor of Psychiatry Dan G Blazer

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  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Format: Paperback | 181 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Illinois
  • ISBN 10: 0830841016
  • ISBN 13: 9780830841011
  • Sales rank: 443,449

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What preachers preach is not necessarily what hearers hear. Have you ever wondered why some hearers are affected by a sermon but not others? The issue may not necessarily be the content or delivery of the message. It may be how your hearers' brains process what you say. Modern neuroscience illuminates how our brains understand and hear sermons. Verbal stimuli can be accepted or rejected depending on the context of how they are received. The brain processes new information differently than information that reinforces already-held beliefs. To have long-term effect, new information must connect with previous memory. Psychologist, physician and preacher Richard Cox shows that better understanding of the brain can help preachers be more effective in their preaching. Intentional, purposeful preaching can actually produce new neural pathways that change how the brain thinks and how its owner acts. Our brains are intimately connected with how our bodies work, especially in how brain stimuli produce behavioral responses and how people experience comfort and healing in times of pain. God is at work in our brains to enable his people to hear him. Preach with the brain in mind, and help your hearers grow in mental, physical and spiritual health.

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"In a fascinating new book titled Rewiring Your Preaching, author Richard H. Cox draws on his medical and clerical backgrounds to explore what science is learning about the workings of our brains and how that knowledge can be of value to those who preach. This may be one of the few books ever published that unites neuroscience with theology to help us preach more effectively. . . . This is a book that deserves our attention and warrants a spot on the preacher's bookshelf."--Michael Duduit, Preaching, May/June 2013