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I recently heard a retired Presbyterian minister recall how someone who had had heard him preach at, if I remember correctly, a funeral service, told him, “You have a crystal clear voice and a crystal clear message.”

Is there a greater compliment for a preacher?  is there a greater aspiration in terms of our ministry effectiveness?

What’s the point in having a crystal clear message but no crystal clear communication of it?  What’s the point in having a crystal clear voice but no clear message to communicate with it?

May we have both for the good of our hearers and the glory of God.

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“The goal of our preaching should be engaging exposition. . . . His [the preacher’s] passion must be to preach the Word in such a way that he accurately teaches the meaning of the text and leads his audience to discover its implications for their life situations so that they respond in obedience and become more like Christ as a result.”
 
H York
Preaching with BOLD Assurance.   Nashville: Broadman-Holman, 2003   p15

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“If you ask me how you may shorten your sermons, I should say, study them better.  Spend more time in the study that you may need less in the pulpit.  We are generally longest when we have the least to say.  A man with a great deal of well-prepared matter will probably not exceed forty minutes; when he has less to say he will go on for fifty minutes, and when he has absolutely nothing he will need an hour to say it in.  Attend to these minor things and they will help retain attention.”
 
Charles Spurgeon
Lectures to My Students
Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2008   p156

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“Our Father, we are thankful that we have Your Word as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path as we wrestle through this matter of solemn responsibility to bring home the Word to the feelings and wills of Your people.  We pray that You would forgive us where we have failed, where we have not been willing to do the head-work and the heart-work necessary.  Give us help, that Your Word will come home powerfully to the hearts of all our people week by week.  Help us to help Your true people on their way to heaven.  We know that we live in a day of small things, but we also know that our charge does not change, in season or out of season.  Give us grace to be the men and preachers that we ought to be to the praise of the glory of Your grace.  Hear us, we plead in Jesus’ worthy name.  Amen.”
 
A N Martin 
Pastoral Theology Vol 2: The Man of God.  His Preaching and Teaching Labours 
Montville: Trinity Pulpit Press, 2018  p117

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“In ordinary Greek literature the kerux himself has a position of significance at the court. He is a very important man, to whom not only political but also religious significance is ascribed. He is a ‘sacral person’.  In the New Testament such connotations are absent, for the herald is not the main thing, but his work: the announcement of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ.”
 
K Runia 
What Is Preaching According To The New Testament? Tyndale Bulletin, 1978  p8

(For 10 years now, every Saturday, I have sent round a preaching related quote to hundreds of preachers around the world. These are mostly quotes that I have come across in my own reading, while some have been sent to me. You can find all of them at The Barnabas Files website where a new quote appears each week.)

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For 10 years now, every Saturday, I have sent round a preaching related quote to hundreds of preachers around the world. These are quotes that I have come across in my own reading, while some have been sent to me. You can find all of them at The Barnabas Files website where a new quote appears each week, but I will also post that quote here every Saturday morning. Here is yesterday’s offering.

“In the treatment of your topic, you will marshal verses which inform and support your assertions.  Do not overload the sermon with too many supportive verses.  Under the Old Covenant, two or three witnesses were enough to put a man to death.  Under the New Covenant, two or three witnesses can get you excommunicated.  Two or three witnesses are enough.  Do not feel that you must load up your sermon with ten or twelve texts to make your case.  Choose your front-line soldiers.  Expound them thoroughly to carry the judgement of God’s noble-minded people.”
 
A N Martin

Pastoral Theology Vol 2: The Man of God.  His Preaching and Teaching Labours 
Montville: Trinity Pulpit Press, 2018  p330