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Sermon like the peace and mercy of God

May 19, 2014

New parishioner after evensong:  “I loved your sermon, vicar – it was like the peace and mercy of God!”

Vicar: “Oh that’s very gratifying, could you be more precise?”

“It was like the peace of God because it “passeth all understanding” and like the mercy of God in that it “endureth for ever.”

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if you cannot translate your thoughts into uneducated language, then your thoughts were confused

May 29, 2013

You must translate every bit of your Theology into the vernacular. This is very troublesome and it means you can say very little in half an hour, but it is essential. It is also the greatest service to your own thought. I have come to the conviction that if you cannot translate your thoughts into uneducated language, then your thoughts were confused. Power to translate is the test of having really understood one’s own meaning. A passage from some theological work for translation into the vernacular ought to be a compulsory paper in every Ordination examination.

C.S. Lewis(p. 98, God in the Dock).

A preacher should have the skill to teach the unlearned simply, roundly, and plainly

December 5, 2011

A preacher should have the skill to teach the unlearned simply, roundly, and plainly; for teaching is of more importance than exhorting. . . . When I preach I regard neither doctors nor magistrates, of whom I have above forty in the congregation. I have all my eyes on the servant maids and the children. And if the learned men are not well pleased with what they hear, well, the door is open.

Martin Luther