The American Church Review

The American Church Review

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...thousand souls. Is our reason this, that our congregations are critical? No doubt they are--and what is worse, our nice way of preaching has helped to make them so. And yet they are not so far gone with that poison as were the Athenians to whom S. Paul presumed to preach without manuscript, or as were the Pharisees who, plotting against Jesus, took counsel how they might entangle Him in His talk. Will it be urged that Jesus was the very Truth and the Apostles were inspired? We reply to that that our question here relates to method, not what they preached, but how. Is it not worth gravely considering whether their example in this particular may not have been carelessly ignored as being in modern days of no consequence whatever, no, not so much as even to think about--or, if it gets now and then a random thought does not that thought quickly alight and stay on this conclusion--that we know a better way than theirs of preaching the Gospel. If reading is better than speech is it possible they would not have known it to be? If they had known it to be is it possible they would not have used that method? II. Speaking is Nature's way: Man was made to express his thoughts by the use of his vocal organs directly, and not by the process of writing them down on paper and reading them off. The thought of the mind has its clothing of language with it; suitable clothing too. Vanity, fashion, a peculiar mental structure, miseducation may compel the thought to go wandering about with " nothing to wear" till a garment has been elaborately made for it with pen, ink and paper, nevertheless the ordinance of nature will stand, and man will not be developed from a talking into a writing creature. The opinion, though a common one, that the ability to preach...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236588932
  • 9781236588937