Originally published in 1901 by Charles Edward Jefferson, the highly respected pastor of the Broadway Tabernacle Church of New York City, “Quiet Hints To Growing Preachers In My Study” is a thought-provoking work that will challenge preachers at the beginning of the 21st century as it did at the beginning of the 20th. Chapters include such topics as: “A Mirror for Ministers,” “Cowardice,” “Impatience,” “Clerical Hamlets,” “Despondency,” “Selfishness,” “Vanity,” “Pettiness,” “Meanness,” “Manners,” and others. Below are a few quotes from the book:
- Ministers of the Gospel should be made of more heroic stuff.
- Woe to the minister who is looking for an easy job! There is more hope for a fool than for him.
- Get out of the pulpit or go to work. To be a preacher whom the years cannot wear thin, a man must be a painstaking, indefatigable, everlasting worker.
- O man of God, quit your pining. Put an end to your brooding. Burn up your sermons with sobs in them.
- Sermons that heal and lift have in them the red blood of the preacher’s heart.
- It is easier to lose one’s way in the ministry than in any other calling.
- The Gospel from many a pulpit goes forth void because proclaimed by too small a man.
- Preachers as a rule are not simple enough. They imagine that deep thought and big words must go together.
- A preacher of Christianity must live as close as possible to men. Isolation to him is fatal.
- Most of the best work done in the world is done by unnoticed toilers in obscure fields. Most of the best preaching is done in pulpits which have no halo around them in the public eye.
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