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Calvin on Preaching



Here’s a quote on Calvin and preaching from Gerald McDermott’s The Great Theologians: a Brief Introduction (IVP, 2010):

“Despite his enormous reputation as a theologian, Calvin seems to have considered his preaching to have been more important than his formal theological works.  He preached, on average, 170 sermons per year, which is more than three a week.  When he was recollecting his accomplishments on his deathbed, he mentioned his sermons ahead of his theological work” (98).

This is a good word for all pastors, especially those of us who enjoy academic theological engagement.

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