“Most of us who preach lurch between pride and despair, often in the same day” (Allen, The Preacher’s Catechism, p. 96).
“A few years later, I would learn that to become a preacher was to enter a company of men who seemed to attract trouble without looking for it” (Allen, The Preacher’s Catechism, p. 84)
“Faith is a hungry business, and true faith must be continually fed” (Allen, The Preacher’s Catechism, p. 67).
It’s no good being convinced that the Lord wants you in the pulpit if you’re not really sure about his involvement in the world beyond your allotted few square feet of activity each Sunday. Jesus rules from the pulpit, and he also reigns over doing the dishes, health scares, financial markets, and struggling marriages” (Allen, …
The Puritan John Flavel, tireless (and fearless) servant of Jesus Christ, insisted that the only preaching which would do him good must be ‘hissing hot’” (Allen, The Preacher’s Catechism, p. 44).
“Preachers have a single calling, to express who and what God is” (Allen, The Preacher’s Catechism, p. 35).
“God loves a cheerful preacher . . . The reason is that joy, like nothing else, shows whether we really believe the gospel. Joy is gospel authenticity” (Allen, The Preacher’s Catechism, pp. 31-32)
There is a reason why we see so many unhappy marriages today, and that reason has to do with the impotence of idols. Idols always promise to hang the moon, but idols uniformly fail to deliver. Not only do they fail to deliver, but one of the first things they usually fail to deliver is …
Introduction:If there is one lesson that the psalmist would like for us to take away from this particular psalm, it is the desire that men would learn how to praise God for His goodness. This is a lesson we must learn regardless. And it must follow from this that—either from the difficulty of the lesson or the sluggishness of the students—this ...
“Our challenge as preachers is to remain lovers, to refuse to let our calling, however important and exciting, obscure our primary calling to be captured ourselves by God’s love in Jesus Christ . . . You can only preach what you love” (Allen, The Preacher’s Catechism, p. 30)