Some average thoughts to begin 1987

While browsing at the sale table of a local book store, I came across a delightful book entitled American Averages by Mike Feinsilber and William B. Mead (Dolphin Books, 1980).The authors describe it as sort of...

John Henry Jowett: A Preacher of Grace

When Jowett preached in the sermon class at Airedale College, Dr. Fairbairn said to his students: "Gentlemen, I will tell you what I have observed this morning: behind that sermon there was a man."That man grew...

Leslie Weatherhead: Surgeon of the Soul

He was born in London on October 14, 1893. When he first began to preach, at the age of 17, he was so nervous that he twisted off the cord around the cushion on the pulpit desk. His text was: "Come unto me, all...

The Dress of Thought

The preacher of Ecclesiastes waits until the conclusion to write down his credentials: "Not only was the Teacher wise," he says with unsettling candor, "but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered...

Funerals: The Healing Begins

Tens of Thousands of times each year Christian funerals are conducted. Many of these are officiated by well-meaning but less than well-prepared clergymen who have to add yet another activity to an already burge...

Preaching the hymnal

The Christmas season renews our acquaintance with some of the precious songs of the faith, like "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Too few preachers are aware that this favorite carol was written by Phillips Brooks,...

Horace Bushnell: Delight in preaching

One writer said of Horace Bushnell: "The preaching of most men is fashioned by the theology of the day; Bushnell's preaching helped fashion the theology of his day."1Born in 1802 on a farm near Litchfield, Conn...