Why Preachers Avoid the Second Person Plural

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“For all its talk about honesty, our culture has refined the art of indirection and euphemism in an attempt not to have to say directly what we really mean . . . When things get tense, you put a little verbal distance between yourself and the congregation. The real problem, however, is that in doing so you also put distance between them and God” (Wagner, Tongues Aflame, p. 73).

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