— The Preaching and Teaching Ministry of Kevin A. Pierpont

Reasons to listen

Following my previous post on why pastors should become better listeners I now point you to John Piper’s recent, valuable piece on “Ten Reasons to Listen to Questions Before You Answer”.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • It is arrogant to answer before you hear.
  • It is rude to answer a half-asked question.
  • Not answering a question before you hear it all honors and respects the person asking the question.
  • Careful listening…often reveals that the question…is really more than one question.
  • A question sometimes reveals assumptions that you do not share.
  • Questions usually have attitudes as well as content.
  • Questions have context that you need to know.
  • Questions are made up of words… These words may not carry the same meaning for both you and the questioner.
  • Proverbs 8:13 says it is our “folly” to answer before we hear.
  • And finally Proverbs 8:13 says that it is our “shame” to answer before we hear.