Monday, June 21, 2010

The Preacher and the Holy Spirit

An aphorism from Norval Pease, my late father-in-law who was also my homiletics professor in the late 60s: "The Holy Spirit can just as easily meet the preacher in the study as in the pulpit."

He hoped his students would learn that preparation is not less spiritual than winging it. That was the 60s, and spontaneity was a culturally salient theme. Unfortunately, I've heard a number of preachers since then who can't blame the 60s for their lack of preparation.

P.S. I've googled this aphorism and it looks like it may have been original.

1 comment:

val said...

It is written: A woman shall compass a man and create a new thing in the earth (Jer 31:22), the man is Satan(Isa 14:16), the new thing revealed is turning the hearts of the fathers to the children. Satan has deceived the whole world (Rev 12:7), until the heel of time(Gen 3:15).Check out the bruising of Satan at http://thegoodtale.blogspot.com Please read all posts to see the whole picture.