Yale Lectures on Preaching

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byHenry Ward Beecher

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... IV. CONCEPTIONS OF THE DIVINITY. February 19, 1874. PREACHING OF GOD, A SOURCE OF POWER. SPOKE to you yesterday, young gentlemen, upon your office as presenting to the minds of congregations the true idea of God. As that was said in Scripture to be the center of all truth, the starting-point and end, also, of revelation itself, so it must be the very center, and also the circumference, of your ministerial work; and a right presentation of the Divine character will fill your hands with power. Without that you may not lack power, but you will have it only in the lower ranges. I say this, not theoretically, but out of my own experience. I came to the knowledge of God stumblingly and gradually; but of nothing am I more sure now. When I discourse for a length of time, analyzing people's characters, criticising various lines of their conduct, and setting forth the motives and the fruit of right or wrong doing in any direction, but still dealing with human nature in human conditions, at the first the congregation listen with keen interest and doubtless with some profit; but after a little time the interest falls off. And this is because the themes discussed do not rise very much above the lines of life which measure men's lower growth, and deal with what may be called the inferior natural laws. But when from that level I have been drawn to go to those themes which involve considerations of the Infinite, of the Eternal, of God in all the elements which belong to the Divine idea, I have found a decided difference of atmosphere, a marked difference of power; and not only that, but there is a lasting quality, that inheres in discourses which deal largely with these supereminent topics. MEANING OF PERSONALITY. I said to you yesterday afternoon that there were three things w...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... IV. CONCEPTIONS OF THE DIVINITY. February 19, 1874. PREACHING OF GOD, A SOURCE OF POWER. SPOKE to you yesterday, young gentlemen, upo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.5 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217957099

ISBN - 13:9780217957090

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