June 29, 2012
I want to share more excellent wisdom about preaching from John Broadus from his classic work A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. In this quote Broadus speaks of the impact a preacher can have when he is also a caring pastor:
Pastoral work is of immense importance, and all preachers should be diligent in performing it. But it cannot take the place of preaching, nor fully compensate for lack of power in the pulpit. The two help each other, and neither of them is able, unless supported by the other, to achieve the largest and most blessed results. When he who preaches is the sympathizing pastor, the trusted counsellor, the kindly and honored friend of young and old, of rich and poor, then “truths divine come mended from his lips,” and the door to men’s hearts, by the magical power of sympathy, will fly open at his word. But on the other hand, when he who visits is the preacher, whose thorough knowledge of Scripture and elevated views of life, whose able and impassioned discourses have carried conviction and commanded admiration, and melted into one the hearts of the multitude, who is accustomed to stand before them as the ambassador of God, and is associated in their minds with the authority and the sacredness of God’s Word,—when he comes to speak with the suffering, the sorrowing, the tempted, his visit has a meaning and a power of which otherwise it must be destitute. If a minister feels himself specially drawn towards either of these departments of effort, let him also constrain himself to diligence in the other.
Great preachers have the heart of a pastor!
June 23, 2012
Great words here from John Broadus in his 19th Century book A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. Broadus was a professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was known as a great preacher. Charles Spurgeon called him the most powerful of living preachers! I love this quote where Broadus speaks of the potential for life change when proclaiming the Word of God:
The great appointed means of spreading the good tidings of salvation through Christ is preaching—words spoken whether to the individual, or to the assembly. And this, nothing can supersede. Printing has become a mighty agency for good and for evil; and Christians should employ it, with the utmost diligence and in every possible way, for the spread of truth. But printing can never take the place of the living word. When a man who is apt in teaching, whose soul is on fire with the truth which he trusts has saved him and hopes will save others, speaks to his fellow-men, face to face, eye to eye, and electric sympathies flash to and fro between him and his hearers, till they lift each other up, higher and higher, into the intensest thought, and the most impassioned emotion—higher and yet higher, till they are borne as on chariots of fire above the world,—there is a power to move men, to influence character, life, destiny, such as no printed page can ever possess.
Have a great day tomorrow!
June 20, 2012
I like to keep the church informed about major happenings in our Convention. The annual meeting for our Convention is occurring this week. Yesterday was a historic and holy moment. Fred Luter, the pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is the first African American elected to this position. This milestone was long overdue. I am excited about what the Lord is doing in our convention and the direction we are headed. After the historic vote, Pastor Luter was asked to come to the podium and speak. His comment was brief yet profound. He simply said, “To God be the glory, great things He hath done!” To God be the glory indeed. You can read a brief reflection of this historic occasion here and the Baptist Press story here.
June 16, 2012
This quote comes from Warren Wiersbe in his book The Elements of Preaching:
If the preacher has done his heart-work and his homework, he should be able to state in one sentence exactly what his message is about and what he wants to accomplish.
Can you state in one sentence what your sermon is about and what you hope to see happen in the hearer’s lives? This is a good and practical challenge for any preacher. Have a great day tomorrow!
June 7, 2012
I hope to continue posting some items on most weekends that will encourage preachers as they prepare their hearts and minds for Sunday! Today I want to post an encouraging quote from the great D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. This quote comes from his must-read book Preaching and Preachers. This is the first book I would recommend to someone that senses a call to preach.
What is preaching? Logic on fire! Eloquent reason! Are these contradictions? Of course they are not. Reason concerning this Truth ought to be mightily eloquent, as you see in the case of the Apostle Paul and others. It is theology on fire. And a theology which does not take fire, I maintain, is a defective theology; or at least the man’s understanding of it is defective. Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A true understanding and experience of the Truth must lead to this. I say again that a man who can speak about these things dispassionately has no right whatsoever to be in a pulpit; and should never be allowed to enter one.
Powerful thoughts from a powerful preacher!