In his book Loving God Up Close (Warner Faith), Calvin Miller writes, “Ian Pitt Watson once said, Predicatio Verbi Dei est Verbum Dei — ‘The preaching of the words of God is the Word of God.’ Who can deny it? So to stand in a holy moment and speak what God wants said is to wear the prophet’s mantle.

“I am convinced that most people don’t know how to articulate clearly what they want from church. If they could put it into words, they would say they long to feel the force of an Acts 2 wind. They want Christ to permeate the sermon because already He has so permeated the life of the preacher. We cannot get Christ in the sermon by consciously working at upping the word count of the name ‘Jesus.’ No, the issue of sermonic power is far simpler than that. The preacher must hunger for Jesus. When the preacher gets hungry for Jesus, the hunger of those who come to church will automatically be sated.” (Click here to learn more about the book Loving God Up Close.)

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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