to Listeners: Homiletical Case Studies (Chalice Press) grew out
of a study (funded by the Lilly Endowment) to evaluate how people listen to
sermons. The authors – Joh McClure, Ron Allen, Dale Andrews, L. Susan Bond,
Dan Moseley and G. Lee Ramsey – interviewed more than 260 laypeople (plus pastors)
in 28 congregations across the country. The book reports on the results of that
study, and includes excerpts from interviews with a variety of listeners. There
are some helpful insights for preachers as we consider how we are being heard.