If thou has much of God’s presence in preaching, be not overconfident that the
sermon shall do most good. And if you are in a dull frame in preaching, so long
as you preach God’s Word, do not despair of a good effect.
I hate cheesy (yes, I put an “s” there) personal advertisements – I don’t know how marketable I am – but here’s one anyway. I am officially in the business of pulpit supply, so if you know of anyone needing to get a faithful preacher of the gospel in their church, maybe because the pastor will be on vacation, please send them my way. The Lord has blessed in this regard. On this coming Lord’s Day I have the privilege of preaching at my home away from home: Grace Baptist Church of Essex. And on the 20th I will have my first opportunity to preach at Richview Baptist for Pastor Darryl Dash. For those of you not familiar with Darryl, you really need to check out his blog Dash House. I have just updated him on my blogroll.
Here is an excellent quote from the excellent Hercules Collins, persecuted pastor of the seventeenth century:
Hercules Collins (1646/7-1702) quoted in Michael A. G. Haykin and Steve Weaver, Devoted To the Service of the Temple: Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the Writings of Hercules Collins Profiles in Reformed Spiritualiy (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Reformation Heritage Books, 2007), 107.