“Wordsworth went to the Lakes, but he was never a lake poet. He found in stones the sermons he had already hidden there.”
“And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
“Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.”
“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.”
George F. Burns
“Don't you know, priests, why our sermons do not touch the people's heart? Because we do not preach to the eyes, only to the ears.”
“Some plague the people with too long sermons; for the faculty of listening is a tender thing, and soon becomes weary and satiated.”
“Preaching is effective as long as the preacher expects something to happen-not because of the sermon, not even because of the preacher, but because of God.”
John E. Hines
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