Jump directly to the Content

Skill Builders

Home > Skill Builders

Red Pill Preaching

Communicate the most important truths in the most unforgettable ways.

See theme

A few months ago I was invited to speak at a 20-something conference. I was driving north on interstate 95 listening to a CD when I heard something totally deflating if you're a preacher by trade: "Studies indicate that we forget 95 percent of what we hear within three days."

And that's if your sermon was good!

I felt like doing an illegal U-turn and driving home. I remember praying this 70 MPH prayer (with my eyes open): "God, I don't want to invest my time and energy saying things that people are just going to forget anyway. Help me say things in unforgettable ways!"

Unforgettable. To say things in such an anointed way that hearers don't just remember. They can't forget!

I have a simple conviction: the most important truths ought to be communicated in the most unforgettable ways.

The Red Pill

There is a riveting scene in the blockbuster movie The Matrix where Neo meets Morpheus for the first time. Morpheus gives Neo a choice between two pills: "You take the blue pill, and the story ends. ...

skill builder Preview

This skill builder is available to PreachingToday.com members only.

To continue reading:

Related articles

Matt Woodley

Deep Preaching in a Distracted Age

Will anything capture people's attention and keep it long enough for God to do his work?

Strengthened by PowerPoint

When It Rocks, and Why

Keeping Current with the Culture

How to study the contemporary world without being shaped by it