For the Work of the Ministry; A Manual of Homiletical and Pastoral Theology

For the Work of the Ministry; A Manual of Homiletical and Pastoral Theology

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... enfeebling; that it is extremely difficult for him to have his own heart exercised in occurred, as when a preacher once surprised a quiet country congregation by mysterious allusions to the late terrible catastrophe, aud it turned out that the sermon which he had read had been prepared several years befo. e on the occasion of the earthquake at Lisbon. unison with what he is reading; that where vivid emotion has to be expressed, or earnest appeals have to be made, the process must be sadly artificial; and that read sermons, however well they may be fitted to instruct, cannot be effective in persuading hearers. 2. The second method of preaching--that of reciting--has accordingly been devised with the view of securing the advantages, and at the same time remedying the evils, of reading. To a certain extent this object is accomplished. Consecutiveness of thought, exactness and even beauty of language, are secured by this method where it is properly carried into practice. But it is not so well fitted to secure ease, freedom, naturalness in delivery. The difference, as has been remarked, is, that the preacher reads from his memory in place of reading from his manuscript. The tendency on his part is to recite something before the people rather than speak to them. There is a somewhat similar awkwardness as when reading is practised, in seeming to be doing one thing--speaking--when in reality he is doing another thing--reciting. Nor is it much easier for a man reciting to enter into the feelings proper to what he is uttering. What he says is not very likely to come out with the freshness and naturalness of a working brain and a beating heart. If, in natural speaking, the tones of the voice are moulded by the molecular movements of the brain and nerves...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123653946X
  • 9781236539465