Firmly rooted in the black experience, this approach to homiletics helps readers understand preaching as an oral event. The call/response tension in black preaching is what drives the musicality of speech in black churches. Crawford refers to this musicality of speech in African American churches.
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;.... Isaiah 58:9