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June 18, 2013
Preaching Is Love
Young pastors, my sisters and brothers, get your training, develop the essential skills, discern and accept your call. In your particular place with your particular people, get about knowing and loving your people by name, story by story. Let not only the Word of God excite you; let not only preaching week in and week out challenge you. Let eye contact with the ones for whom Christ died excite you; let hearing their broken voices and sometimes boring stories excite you; let their wobbly grasp on basic theological realities excite you. For, as C. S. Lewis reminded us, should one of the people in your church appear before you in their transformed, glorified state, you would be tempted to fall down and worship them. Preaching is an expression of love to people that you know. Love never fails.
- John Frye