Saturday, 21 March 2020

More Great Quotes on Preaching


"A preacher who preaches the truth uncompromisingly will be asked 'Does your preaching always have to be so pointy? Does it always have to be so sharp?' And of course the answer is no. He can blunt his message if he'd like, and become just as dull as the average preacher." 
- Jesse Morrell

"It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available. We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it." 
- Dr. Vance Havner

"A man who spoke little English gave this description of a sermon he had heard: he said 'Big wind. Much lightning. Loud thunder. No rain!'" 
- Unknown

"A wooden key is not so beautiful as a golden one, but if it can open the door when the golden one cannot, it is more useful." 
- Martin Luther

"That is the best cat which catches the most mice." 
- Martin Luther

"No one can be a good preacher to the people who is not willing to preach in a manner that seems childish and vulgar to some." 
- Martin Luther

"So preach that those who do not fall out with their sins may fall out with thee." 
- Martin Luther

"People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to."
- Malcolm Muggeridge

"I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus." 
- Malcolm Muggeridge

"Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experience that at the  time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy-five years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my experience, has been  through affliction and not through happiness, whether pursued or attained. 

In other words, if it were ever possible to eliminate affliction from our earthly existence by means of some drug or other medical mumbo jumbo...the result would make it too banal and trivial to be endurable. This, of course is what the cross signifies. And it is  the Cross that has called me inexorably to Christ." 
- Malcolm Muggeridge