Has the Use of Orality Been Taken Too Far?
I recently came across this article, "Has the Use of Orality Been Taken Too Far?" which was originally in an EMQ edition (MissioNexus now hosts them). I found it thought-provoking and relevant as we think about orality in our contexts.
Here's my main take-away from the article: many of us work among literate people who have access to the word in their language. As we look for ways to share, teach, and train, it's good to strategically consider what communication methods will best reach our target audience. Those methods should be varied and regularly re-evaluated for effectiveness. For a long time, there was high reliance on print/literate methods of teaching and a swing was/is needed towards oral methods for many people. However, we shouldn't move away from using the printed word either. A balance is needed! So, I challenge you to consider this as you continue to engage your target audiences with truth!