Excerpt from Preachers From the Pew: Lectures Delivered at St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, Under the Auspices of the London Branch of the Christian Social Union
Here is a collection of thoughts that breathe and words that burn on subjects of living interest to all thinking people.
By the special permission of the Diocesan - than whom no one is more generous when an opportunity like this presents itself - we have had a series of talks from the Pulpit by men usually in the Pew. That many of these Preachers are intimately, not to say conspicuously, associated with the London Press has bespoken a lively and additional interest.
The success of this unique experiment was at once assured by the fact that almost every one of them has (in contrast with our overworked Clergy) been able to make his theme the subject of long and special study, and has given us the experience and crystallized thought of many years. Each one tells of a vigorous Christianity, whilst urging a yet more vigorous work to be done.
Surely this is a healthy sign of the times, for in setting aside the fatal policy of discouragement, it has turned to excellent account intelligent and spiritual force - faith vitalized with good works - combined with zeal and enthusiasm, which in earlier days, might have been reckoned irregular. With fewer Clergy (though the mere multi plication of Clergy will never meet the necessities of our modern religious life) and many Laymen having made continuous study of the great Labour and Economic, Social and Temperance, Educational and Missionary problems, which form so important a part of the Church's best Work to-day, She cannot have been otherwise than well advised to open the Pulpit to those who interpret work for God as work for Humanity.
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