'The kind of preaching to which laypeople are exposed in large measure determines the vision or image of God they carry around in their heads, and that vision determines how they live. If they see God as an arbitary dictator or as a spoilsport, they live in fear and guilt. Their vision of God is central to their lives because that vision provides the worldview that controls them. It shapes the way they both interpret and respond to everything going on around them.'
Alice P Mathews, Preaching That Speaks to Women, p.107.