The Making and Unmaking of the Preacher; Lectures on the Lyman Beecher Foundation, Yale University, 1898

The Making and Unmaking of the Preacher; Lectures on the Lyman Beecher Foundation, Yale University, 1898

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... spiritual. It is to be found in such simplicity of conception as marked Mr. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, in Ruskin's appreciation of nature, in Shakespeare's insight and perfection of form. These are the qualities of style, upon which I would insist, for the pulpit. I cannot conceive of a good sermon which does not show vitality and sincerity, which is not plain and forceful, and in which the trained mind at least may not feel at some point the presence of beauty. To speak of the tone of the sermon as belonging to its artistic side may seem to be going beyond the range of art, but I think not. Tone is personal, it belongs to the man, but it belongs to the preacher as such in his relation to given conditions and to a well-defined occasion. The pulpit tone has become a term of cant. Let us remember that the counterfeit assumes the genuine, the caricature, the original. The language of the pulpit must be the language of certainty; that gives character to its speech. It must be the language of sympathy; that gives character to its speech. It must be the language of hopefulness, the hopefulness of the gospel; that gives character to its speech. Its speech must be characterized by that spiritual quality which is no more satisfied with mere intellectualism than with sensuousness. The sermon is the utterance of a man who feels in all his nature his dependence upon God, who stands in awe of the divine working in and through him, but who rejoices none the less in the joy of the divine fellowship. Can anything declare in a more perfect simplicity the secret of the inner life of the preacher than the opening words of the Apostle John in his first epistle?" That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236914759
  • 9781236914750