Homiletic Review Volume 61

Homiletic Review Volume 61

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...theology. He tells how, when he first began to do this, he was told by ministers of longer experience that "the people would never stand it." To any one who might attempt to do the same thing at the present time the same objection could be urged much more forcibly, and yet it would be as little reasonable now as it was then. In spite of certain superficial appearances, men and women are still profoundly interested in the great questions of theology. It might, indeed, be argued, with some show of reason, that the neglect of these great themes in the pulpit is one cause of the declining attendance at public worship. The pulpit can never hope to compete with the modern press in dealing with social, political, and literary subjects, and has no need to try to do so; but in one subject the pulpit ought to be supreme, and that subject may be described in the single word--theology. It will be said, no doubt, that the first business of the preacher is to preach the gospel; but to preach the gospel in these days is not merely to repeat a message, but to justify the message to the thought and temper of the times. Preachers are constantly being told that they ought to translate their message into the language understood of the people in the present day, but those who give this advice do not always understand the vast range of equipment that is necessary for this task. The very causes which go to increase the interest of the average man in theological subjects are those which make the proclamation of the Christian message all the more difficult. For the preacher has to be a teacher as well, and in order to teach he must have not only a thorough knowledge of his subject, but knowledge of and sympathy with the minds of those to whom he...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 658g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123684517X
  • 9781236845177