“The great reason why we have so little good preaching is that we have so little piety. To be eloquent one must be in earnest; he must not only act as if he were in earnest, or try to be in earnest, but be in earnest, or he cannot be effective.
We have loud and vehement, we have smooth and graceful, we have splendid and elaborate preaching, but very little that is earnest. One man who so feels for the souls of his hearers as to be ready to weep over them—will assuredly make himself felt.
This is what makes effective; he really feels what he says. This made Cookman eloquent. This especially was the charm of Summerfield, above all men I ever heard. We must aim therefore at high degrees of warmth in our religious exercises, if we would produce an impression upon the public mind. Two or three such preachers in our Old School Church
as is, would make themselves felt throughout the country. Oh! that we had them! Oh! that those we had were inspired with greater zeal!
JAMES W. ALEXANDER, D.D,
THOUGHTS ON PREACHING BEING CONTRIBUTIONS TO HOMILECTICS