In a recent article in USA Today,
Rita Rubin wrote an article concerning the communication gap between
physicians and patients. She writes of Barry Weiss, a professor of
clinical and community medicine at the University of Arizona, who
remembered a time when he consulted with a colleague about a diabetic
patient. The consulting physician looked at the patient's infected
foot and determined it must be amputated. He said, “I don’t think
we’re going to be able to deal with this with local treatments.” The
patient responded, “Does that mean I’m going to have to go to Los
Angeles for treatment?” Weiss likes to remind physicians they need to
speak so that the patient can understand.
same admonition could be given to people involved with evangelism. It
should especially be heeded by preachers. Often preachers speak in
theological code and assume the listeners can break the code.
J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.