Homiletics, then, is more than the theory and art of sermonmaking. It does not begin even with the preacher as such, but with the man himself. There is no escape from this requirement. Were we intrusted with plenary apostolic inspiration we should still be, as the Apostles were, not God’s telephones or speaking-tubes, but His speakers. The word of salvation, indeed, is not the preacher’s own, and he should receive it, through meditation, prayer, and study of the Scriptures, immediately from God; but it is his part to receive it, and the utterance of it is his own human and personal act. Only through each man’s own personality can he know and communicate the truth. So, what manner of men we are, even m our secret soul, will appear in our preaching.
John Adam Kern. The ministry to the congregation.