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Preaching is truth mediated through personality.

    Author: Phillips Brooks

Every sermon must have a solid rest in Scripture, and the pointedness which comes of a clear subject, and the conviction which belongs to well-thought argument, and the warmth that proceeds from earnest appeal.

    Author: Phillips Brooks

A preacher should have the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child and the hide of a rhinoceros. His biggest problem is how to toughen his hide without hardening his heart.

    Author: Vance Havner

The task of the preacher is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

    Author: Vance Havner

Unholiness in a preacher's life will either stop his mouth from reproving, or the people's ears from receiving.

    Author: William Gurnall
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

The work of preaching is the highest and greatest and most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called.

    Author: Martyn Lloyd-Jones

What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this: It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence.

    Author: Martyn Lloyd-Jones

There is all the difference in the world between preaching merely from human understanding and energy, and preaching in the conscious smile of God.

    Author: Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Be natural; forget yourself; be so absorbed in what you are doing and in the realisation of the presence of God, and in the glory and the greatness of the Truth that you are preaching, and the occasion that brings you together, that you forget yourself completely. That is the right condition; that is the only place of safety; that is the only way in which you can honour God. Self is the greatest enemy of the preacher, more so than in the case of any other man in society. And the only way to deal with self is to be so taken up with, and so enraptured by, the glory of what you are doing, that you forget yourself altogether.

    Author: Martyn Lloyd-Jones

I can forgive a man for a bad sermon, I can forgive the preacher almost anything if he gives me a sense of God, if he gives me something for my soul, if he gives me the sense that, though he is inadequate himself, he is handling something which is very great and very glorious, if he gives me some dim glimpse of the majesty and the glory of God, the love of Christ my Saviour, and the magnificence of the Gospel. If he does that I am his debtor, and I am profoundly grateful to him.

    Author: Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Nothing is more needed among preachers today than that we should have the courage to shake ourselves free from the thousand and one trivialities in which we are asked to waste our time and strength, and resolutely return to the apostolic ideal which made necessary the office of the pastorate. (We must resolve that) we will continue steadfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the Word.

    Author: G. Campbell Morgan

The three essentials for great preaching are: truth, clarity, and passion.

    Author: G. Campbell Morgan

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