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“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” ~ John Wesley

 

“If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew.” ~ Billy Graham

 

“Cartooning is preaching. And I think we have a right to do some preaching. I hate shallow humor. I hate shallow religious humor, I hate shallow sports humor, I hate shallowness of any kind.”  ~ Charles M. Shulz

 

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

 

“Some of the best things I have ever thought of I have thought of during bad sermons.” ~ Jayber Crow (a fictional character by Wendell Barry)

 

“To preach Christ is to feed the soul, to justify it, to set it free, and to save it, if it believes the preaching.” ~ Martin Luther

 

“A man who first tried to guess 'what the public wants,' and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of fool and knave” ~ C.S. Lewis

 

“People have an idea that the preacher is an actor on a stage and they are the critics, blaming or praising him. What they don't know is that they are the actors on the stage; he (the preacher) is merely the prompter standing in the wings, reminding them of their lost lines.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

 

“If the truth were known, many sermons are prepared and preached with more regard for the sermon than the souls of the hearers.” ~ George F. Pentecost

 

“One filled with joy preaches without preaching.” ~ Mother Theresa

 

“The sermon has been reduced to parenthetical church remarks about newspaper events,” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

“Few sinners are saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.” ~ Mark Twain

 

“They tell me that I rub the fur the wrong way. I don't; let the cat turn around.” ~ Billy Sunday

 

“A prepared heart is much better than a prepared sermon. A prepared heart will make a prepared sermon.” ~ E.M. Bounds

 

“I don't like to hear cut and dried sermons. No—when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

“I have attended church regularly since I was less than a week old. I've listened to sermons about virtue, sermons against vice. I have heard about money, time management, tithing, abstinence, and generosity. I've listened to thousands of sermons. But I could count on one hand the number of sermons that were a simple proclamation of the gospel of Christ.” ~ Rich Mullins

 

“It matters to God what is preached. And it matters to Him how it is preached. No man is free to preach whatever and however he so chooses.” ~ Steven Lawson

 

“I would rather preach one sermon than write a thousand books.” ~ Vavasor Powell

 

“The most important thing a pastor does is stand in a pulpit every Sunday and say, 'Let us worship God.' If that ceases to be the primary thing I do in terms of my energy, my imagination, and the way I structure my life, then I no longer function as a pastor.” ~ Eugene Peterson

 

"He preaches well that lives well." ~ Miguel DeCervantes

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