Chapter 30

View from the Pew

How to hold the attention of the easily distracted.

Edward Rosenbaum's visits to the hospital were not like yours. He never had to complete reams of forms or endure the nervous tedium of the waiting room. When Rosenbaum entered, he passed through a private door and rode on a special elevator. He even called the doctors by their first names.

But once he was diagnosed with cancer, things changed. The next time he entered the hospital it was not as chief of medicine and president of the staff but as a patient. The experience was transformational. In his book A Taste of My Own Medicine, Rosenbaum writes: "I have heard it said that to be a doctor, you must first be a patient. It wasn't until then that I learned that the physician and patient are not on the same track. The view is entirely different when you are standing at the side of the bed from when you are lying in it."

The same could be said of preaching. When I joined the faculty of Moody Bible Institute, after nine years of pastoral ministry, I found that my experience ...

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