Thursday, 23 July 2009

Four things life has taught me

1. I will not reach the age of seventy any quicker by rushing about for no reason.

2. Looking back, I can see now that the most important spiritual things I did were the activities I did not think at the time were worth telling others about.

3. Regarding preaching, I have discovered that the advice of Griffith Thomas is true: ‘Think yourself empty, read yourself full, write yourself clear, pray yourself keen, then into the pulpit and let yourself go.'

4. It was said of Henry Smith, a Puritan preacher, that he had the ability to reprove without insulting, to admonish without forcing, and to correct without debasing. I have discovered this description should be the goal of all preachers.

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