The Effect of Public Reading of Scripture


What do you expect to happen when the Word of God is read in church? Do you treat the reading of Scripture in a way that is conducive to these effects? In today’s video interview, Christine Parton Burkett of Duke Divinity School shares how the public reading of Scripture will never be the same once we come to terms with its central role in the worship service.


Christine Parton Burkett, visiting professor of speech at Duke Divinity School, has a background in fine arts and drama and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She has been working with preaching students and preachers in the field since 1991 and considers herself a professional pew-sitter. The art and craft of reading Scripture aloud is an area of particular interest as well as the care of the professional voice.