Getting the Word Across: Speech Communication for Pastors and Lay Leaders

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This volume gives pastors and worship leaders practical lessons in disciplined, interpretive speech that will enhance the living quality of Scripture for listeners today. Jacks discusses the practical techniques of effective oral interpretation--phrasing, emphasis, imagery, and vocal gesture--and covers important matters of voice and diction--pronunciation, articulation, and vocal control. Other communication tips include ways to restructure Scripture readings, a chart listing trouble areas in voice and diction, ...
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Overview

This volume gives pastors and worship leaders practical lessons in disciplined, interpretive speech that will enhance the living quality of Scripture for listeners today. Jacks discusses the practical techniques of effective oral interpretation--phrasing, emphasis, imagery, and vocal gesture--and covers important matters of voice and diction--pronunciation, articulation, and vocal control. Other communication tips include ways to restructure Scripture readings, a chart listing trouble areas in voice and diction, and much more.
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Editorial Reviews

Preaching
"Robert Jacks...has given attention to two vital but often neglected aspects of one's pulpit ministry—the public reading of the Scriptures, and the optimal use of one's voice. In so doing, he has provided a very readable, even entertaining work.... Jacks' book gives important emphasis to an easily neglected aspect of public preaching and teaching. He gives helpful reminders in a humorous and pleasant style."
Princeton Seminary Bulletin
Beginning public speakers, gifted senior pastors, and everyone in between will find this book both challenging and immensely helpful.
Reformed Litugry & Music
"Anyone who reads Scripture in worship—clergy of lay—will gain enormously from this book.... In addition to his very helpful discourse on the communication of the content of scripture in the first half of the book, he provides a clinic in the use of the body as the instrument of communication in the second. His non-technical treatment of the physiology of speech, the arts of pronunciation and articulation, the use of gestures, and his easy-to-follow instructions for exercises contributes to a very useful volume indeed."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802841520
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 1,409,549
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the Prefaces
Preface I: A Word to Lay Readers
Preface II: A Word to Pastors and Pastors-To-Be
Prologue

PART ONE—The WORD Springs to Life

There is a God—And You're Not It!
Transparency and Technique
Not the Law and the Gospel!—Just Some DOs and DON'Ts
Presence
Rubrics
Your Face Is Showing!
Oral Interpretation of Scripture
Explore the Word
Here's What's New and Important: Emphasis Matters
Putting It All Together: Phrasing Matters
Internalizing

PART TWO—The INSTRUMENT Comes Alive

What Happens When We Speak?
What ELSE Happens When We Speak?
Warming Up the Instrument
Breathing—The Motor for Voice
Putting Your Best Voice Forward
Lift Up Your Voice—Make God's Name Resound
The International Phonetic Alphabet
O Lord, Open My Lips: Consonant Energy
Praise On My Tongue: Pronunciation Matters

APPENDICES

I—Belshazzer Revisited
II—Check Yourself Out
III—In a Nutshell
IV—What Makes the Story Tick?
V—Words Frequently Mispronounced
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