Thursday, February 28, 2008

Preaching

Some powerful words on preaching from William Willimon of Duke University:

‘In that moment when the congregation settles itself in the pews and all is quiet and expectant as the people look to you, you are the preacher, the essential link between them and the good news. Without you the good news is not news. No one hears or believes it. Call it a burden, call it a privilege, a duty. You know that it is worthy of your best talents, worthy of a lifetime’s labour and dedication. On any Sunday you can give your all and still know the words deserves more. It is no small task that the church has set upon your shoulders. Being called to preach the gospel, you can do no more than to promise as long as you have breath, and there is someone to listen, then by God’s grace you will give them the Word’

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