Principles for Preachers

“It is not necessary for a preacher to express all his thoughts in one sermon.  A preacher should have three principles, first, to make a good beginning and not spend time with many words before coming to the point; secondly, to say that which belongs to the subject in chief, and avoid strange and foreign thoughts; thirdly, to stop at the proper time.”
(Martin Luther)

The Praying Preacher

“The preacher must be preeminently a man of prayer.  His heart must graduate in the school of prayer.  In the school of prayer only can the heart learn to preach.  No learning can make up for the failure to pray.  No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.

Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.  He will never talk well and with real success to men for God who has not learned well how to talk to God for men.  More than this, prayerless words in the pulpit and out of it are deadening words.”

(E.M. Bounds)