Saturday Preacher/Teacher Briefing

There is more than one way of saying things.

Word-smithing makes such a difference.

As communicators of the deep things of God, often it is very challenging to communicate them in words the man in the pew can understand. But it can be done.

For example, you can say, “It is dawn.”, or you can say “It was the hour of stainless silver just before the gold begins.” (Poem: Red-tail Hawk and Pyre of Youth, Robert Penn Warren)

I’ll give you another example from another arcane discipline—financial investing. Famed investor Warren Buffet gives an example from a mutual fund prospectus that he tried to decipher.

The original version of a mutual fund prospectus:

“It was the hour of stainless silver just before the gold begins.” (Poem: Red-tail Hawk and Pyre of Youth, by Robert Penn Warren)

“It was the hour of stainless silver just before the gold begins.” (Poem: Red-tail Hawk and Pyre of Youth, by Robert Penn Warren)

Maturity and duration management decisions are made in the context of an intermediate orientation. The maturity structure of the portfolio is adjusted in the anticipation of cyclical interest rate changes. Such adjustments are not made in an effort to compute short-term day-to-day movements in the market, but instead are implemented in anticipation of longer term, secular shifts in the levels of interest rates (i.e. shifts transcending and/or not inherent to the business cycle).

The Warren Buffet version of the same mutual fund prospectus:

We will try to profit by correctly predicting future interest rates. When we have no strong opinion, we will generally hold intermediate-term bonds. But when we expect a major and sustained increase in rates, we will concentrate on short-term issues. And, conversely, if we expect a major shift to lower rates, we will buy long bonds. We will focus on the big picture and won’t make moves based on short-term considerations.

Remember, our goal as communicators of the Gospel (the only way to salvation) is not to make people stretch to comprehend it; our goal is to grasp Heaven’s great truths and wrest them down to the level of a child.

If you must impress people, impress them with the simplicity of your preaching and teaching.  In the end, it will be far more rewarding and productive.

And by the way, making the great truths of the Faith simple is far harder than (hold your nose, I’m about to give you a little of what I’m talking about) throwing out obtuse profundities of inane platitudes that sounds impressive but means nothing.

KISS! Keep is simple soldier—those bullets will hit their target.

 

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