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The Message and the Man

Some Essentials of Effective Preaching

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,615 / 178 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.6
LoC Category: BV
Downloads: 1,020
Added to site: 2009.12.06
mnybks.net#: 25960
Genre: Religion
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on the civic and political life of the town," say the brethren of another. We recognise that the gifts of men differ. We see that each, in his own order, may serve and build up the Kingdom of God, but to rank the business of preaching as second to any form of service; to care less for the pulpit than for the class-room, the social, the entertainment, the bazaar, is a fatal mistake. You may make the Church a successful business concern, an interesting and delightful social circle; you may make it a pleasant and intellectual society whither cultured people may resort for new ideas as to an exchange. All this you may do and care little concerning the preacher; but you can only make a strong Church rich in spiritual grace and knowledge and usefulness and power by fostering, with a care amounting to jealousy, the preaching of the Gospel of the grace of God. If, therefore, out of the problem we have named, there arises a question to be asked by the preacher concerning his preaching, there also arises, just as certa

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