I was listening to a sermon online this evening by a pastor I never head before. While his message was good he had the annoying habit of smacking his lips every 15 seconds. After about 5 minutes of listening to him I had to turn it off. It had the same effect on me as fingers down a chalk board. All of which got me to think about my own preaching and what annoying habits I have. I know the content of the message should be what's most important. I realize that some preachers have no control over their presentation. What if a preacher has a speech impediment or is recovering from a stroke? I don't want to be cruel as the proclamation of the Gospel is what matters most. But how much importance should be placed on preaching ability? A preachers who "umms" you to death or who constantly taps his fingers on the pulpit can be as annoying as the one I listened to this evening who was smacking his lips. A monotone preacher, who has no voice inflection, can cause some people to tune out. I'm sure others have a list of gripes about preaching quirks. What say you?