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The Rev. J. T. Pinfold, 8.D., who has been delivering a, series of lectures on preaching, last night delivered the last of the series at the H .M.C.A. Rooms. Mr W. L. Logie presided. The, subject was ‘ Incentives to Preaching/ The speaker said that of all the books on preaching with which he was acquainted not one, except in incidental allusions, dealt with this phase of the question. The greatness of the work was the first incentive offered, for it was the most honorable of ail tasks in which men may engage. It was great in itself and great in the results achieved. No printed page or dead ceremonial could move men and influence their characters, lives, aud destinies like preaching. The domnnce of conversion was not a dead thing; men still came from the hands of the potter cleansed and beautified. Another incentive was found in its perpetual character. Men hesitated to take up anything transient. They denied the power of the pulpit, and said its influence was on the wane. But facts were against them. Ezra preached to the Israelites when he stood upon the pulpit the people had made for him; and preaching had always been used since. Some said there were no outstanding figures like there used to he, so the power of the pulpit must bo on the wane. The truth, however, was that then' were many moral and intellectual giants amongst us to-day, and because of their number and great height no one was, like Ban!, head and shoulders above his brethren. The benefits derived from the preparation lor successful preaching formed another incentive. The determination to make n start at preaching had brought into action many powers that had previously lain dormant, and had possibilities in education, of which the young man had no conception. Another incentive was found in the obligation which every preacher felt to make the_ life harmonise with the preaching. The realisation that we are stewards of the manifold gifts and opportunities of usefulness with which persons as preachers were blessed became another incentive. When the Church saw that a young man had abilities for preaching and offered him work, ho should regard the call as an indication of God’s will. The value of a human soul and the longing to show gratitude to the Almighty for personal blessings received formed further incentive to preaching. Hence the size of the congregation was not always the gauge of the good done, because the reduplicated influence of one convert showed itself in the conversion of many people. '•A further incentive, to preaching,” continued the lecturer, “is to he found in the fact that preachers can offer as the object of universal homage and faith a Saviour that can satisfy all human needs, and who, above all, can deliver from sin : its guilt, its punishment, and its power.” _ Tho lecture, the various points in which were finely j illustrated, dosed with an earnest ex- ! hortatiou that the preachers present) would nhvavs have a true objective and ever preach “Christ and Him crucified.”

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LECTURES ON PREACHING, Evening Star, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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LECTURES ON PREACHING Evening Star, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914