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Paul Steffens

Contributor since: Aug 21, 2007

About Paul Steffens

Education: BA. The King’s College, Briarcliff Manor, NY

Comment to those looking at my sermons: Just separate "His wheat" from "my chaff".

Sermon or series that made a difference: All of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons

One of my favorite illustrations: When Luther was approached and asked if the followers of the reformation could call themselves after him, He said; (paraphrased) "How shall I, an evil, foul smelling, bag of maggots, give my worthless name to the children of God." "Call yourselves Christians."

Family: 15th generation descendant of the reformer Dr. Martin Luther

What my parents think of my sermons: Hopefully they are pleased

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: "Too long" (like most pastors wives I assume)

Best advice given to me about preaching: "To have prayed well is to have studied well" -Martin Luther

Books that have had an impact: The Pilgrim’s Progress-John Bunyan The Preacher and Prayer-E.M. Bounds & all his books on prayer. Autobiography and Revival Lectures-Charles Finney

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: nothing different

Something funny that happened while preaching: It was during my first attempt at public speaking. I was in the 10th grade. I was terribly nervous but I managed to begin my 15 minute talk to the class. Within about 5 minutes however I thought to myself, "Paul, your knees are shaking" so I glanced down and reassured myself that they were not. Just about one minute later, I heard one girl in the front row whisper to a girl next to her; "Look at his knees". That did it for me. I turned beet red, ended my talk early, and sat down. I swore I would never speak in public again. God however had different plans for me. Fortunately our church has a large pulpit that does a wonderful job of covering trembling knees.

What I want on my tombstone: "Death is swallowed up in victory"