Excerpt from When Jesus Wrote on the Ground: Studies, Expositions and Meditations in the Life of the Spirit
Those who know Edgar dewitt Jones, the man, will keep wishing that all who share with them the in spiration of these published sermons might have in mind the image Of the preacher himself. Lucid and heartening as this printed preaching is, it requires the personal presence of the preacher to give it its full power. Such a remark I well know is a commonplace, and it passes usually as a truism. But it is not always true. Preachers there are a-plenty whose written word is discounted by their personalities, just as Paul's opponents declared that his letters were weighty and telling, but his personality weak and his delivery be neath contempt. We know that in Paul's case this was simply the talk of his enemies, for the results of the personal labors of the great apostle are not Open to dispute and the tone Of voice in which he defies his Opponents in the later chapters of his Second Corin thian letter discloses a sense of personal power which a man could hardly have gained save by its successful exercise under many crucial tests.
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