“For we are not treating of public religious address for the seraphim, but for the sinful children of men; and we shall commit a grave error, if we assume that the eternal and righteous truth of God, as a matter of course, must fall like blessed genial sun-light into the corrupt human heart, and make …
“If you want to attain simplicity in preaching, take care that you have a clear view of the subject upon which you are going to preach . . . If you yourself begin in a fog, you may depend upon it you will leave your people in darkness . . . Never choose a text …
“I ask all my readers to remember that to attain simplicity in preaching is of the utmost importance to every minister who wishes to be useful to souls” (J.C. Ryle, Simplicity in Preaching, p. 4).
“He who knows, with a vivid and vital self-consciousness, what guilt means, knows what atonement means as soon as presented” (Shedd, Homiletic and Pastoral Theology, p. 275).
“For this doctrine of expiation in the Christian system, is like a ganglion in the human frame; it is a knot of nerves; it is the oscillating centre where several primal and vital truths meet in unity” (Shedd, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, p. 272).
“Eloquence, in its highest forms and effects, is a joint product of two factors; of an eloquent speaker, and an eloquent hearer” (Shedd, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, p. 259).
“The gospel of the Son of God is the only system that is not subject to fashions and changes” (Shedd, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, p. 257).
“He must employ the rhetoric which Jael used upon Sisera, putting his nail to the head of his auditor, and driving it sheer and clear through his brain” (Shedd, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, p. 252).
“No man can cultivate and employ a vigorous, direct, and forcible rhetoric, without finding that he is driven to solid and earnest themes, in order to originate, and sustain it” (Shedd, Homiletic and Pastoral Theology, p. 251).
“Clear, evangelical ideas favor lucid, earnest style” (Shedd, Homiletic and Pastoral Theology, p. 250).