On Preaching for the Preacher…

14 12 2007

Today is the birthday of our dear Pastor and my beloved mentor and friend. 
In honor of his birthday, I thought it appropriate to reflect upon the call to preach: 

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.”
   – 2 Timothy 4:2Preach the Word!

“What is preaching? Logic on fire!  It is theology on fire.  Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire.”
   – D. Martin Lloyd-Jones

“The word is called a hammer (Jer 23:39) . Every blow of the hammer is to fasten the nails of the building; so the preacher’s words are to fasten you the more to Christ; they weaken themselves to strengthen and settle you. This is the grand design of preaching, not only for the enlightening, but for the establishing of souls; not only to guide them in the right way, but to keep them in it.”
   – Thomas Watson

“For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.”
  – Ezra 7:10

“I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.”
   – Richard Baxter

 “Oh what an honor is it to a faithful minister, when he has . . .
  found the people dark and blind—but left them enlightened;
  found them dead—but left them alive;
  found them a proud people—but left them humble;
  found them a profane people—but left them holy;
  found them a carnal people—but left them spiritual;
  found them a worldly people—but left them heavenly;
  found them a wavering people—but left them settled and rooted.”
   – Thomas Brooks

“We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”
   – Colossians 1:28-29

You exemplify and have embraced all of these truths! 
Have a wonderful birthday, Rev!

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14 12 2007
Quotes on preaching « The Country Parson

[…] December 14, 2007 by countryparson Out of the miry clay had some great quotes on preaching today. […]

15 12 2007
Sarah Miller

Ryan, Thank you for your kind comments over at my blog. You certainly may add my blog to your list. I think it will be a good sort of therapy for me — my blog, I mean. I’m not counting on a huge readership, though if it blesses someone, it serves a double purpose. Can I assume it would be okay if I added your blog to my list? Thanks again. Sarah

15 12 2007
Sarah Miller

Oh, and by the way, I heartily second the sentiments regarding PF. God has blessed me tremendously through that man’s service!

15 12 2007
Ryan

Thanks for the comments, Sarah. Feel free to add a link. I really appreciate what you are doing with your blog and admire your writing skills. It looks like Allen and Chris have a good editor in the making! I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.

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