Tuesday, February 11, 2020

For many years I kept on my desk a copy of a statement by the great Phillips Brooks, a giant of the pulpit in a previous generation. In his Yale Lectures on Preaching, he said, “The timid minister is as bad as the timid surgeon. Courage is good everywhere, but it is necessary here. If you are afraid of men and a slave to their opinions, go and do something else. Go and make shoes to fit them. Go even and paint pictures which you know are bad but which suit their bad taste. But do not keep on all your life preaching sermons which shall not say what God sent you to declare but what they hire you to say.”

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” (I Corinthians 16:13)