Everyone knows that pulpits are for preaching and pews are for listening to sermons. This obvious scenario, however, masks an essential prerequisite for faithful, fruitful preaching--namely, that preachers listen to God and to their people before they speak. Roger Van Harn here puts forth pointed questions that sermon listeners really ask of preachers: Why should we listen to sermons? Does every sermon need a Bible text? How can a sermon be the word of God? Do you preach for the church or the world? Van Harn grapples with and discusses such questions, giving preachers fresh insights into the needs and desires of congregations. This book will foster an ongoing dialogue between pulpit and pew and sharpen listening skills in both directions.