Lessons in Preaching from a 15 Year Old Poet

There's a principle in narrative preaching called "the reversal." Fairly self-explanatory, I imagine. But in short, it's the moment in your message/sermon/story/narrative where, after having taken the audience with you up to a certain point, and after having painted an image that surely everyone is seeing, and after creating an air of expectation of how the story will resolve, you suddenly turn everything on its head.

You switch it up.

You reverse, and take it in a completely different direction.

It's a wonderful tool, and this week I saw a video of a 15 year old kid who masterfully pulled of the reversal.

Thanks for the lesson, Noah St John.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lug_IxFKo8]