The Plain Truth About It

Sharing Options

“There is prodigious power in this plainness of presentation. It is the power of actual contact. A plain writer, or speaker, makes the truth and the mind impinge on each other. When the style is plain, the mind of the hearer experiences the sensation of being touched; and this sensation is always impressive, for a man starts when he is touched . . . The preacher should toil after this property of style, as he would toil after virtue itself” (Shedd, as quoted in Broadus, Preparation and Delivery, p. 340).

Notify of
1 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Eric Stampher
Eric Stampher
9 years ago

Is plain the right word? Maybe “clear” or “obvious” or “straightforward”? Honest, well thought out, more complex ideas can punch as hard as the simple, plain thoughts, no?