Friday, May 29, 2009

Luther: the ideal preacher

May 29, 2009

    If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
    -- 1 Timothy 4:6 (NIV)

    A good preacher should have these qualities and virtues: first, to teach systematically; second, he should have a ready wit; third, he should be eloquent; fourth, he should have a good voice; fifth, a good memory; sixth, he should know when to make an end; seventh, he should be sure of his doctrine; eighth, he should venture and engage body and blood, wealth and honor, in the world; ninth, he should suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of everyone.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Table-Talk [1566], CCCXCVII. (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen the character of Your ministers, for the sake of Your name.

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