Monday, February 15, 2010

Luther on Preachers

I'm reading through John Stott's Between Two Worlds and he recounts (p. 24) Martin Luther's "nine 'properties and virtues' of a good preacher" from Luther's Table-Talk, Of Preachers and Preaching...

  1. He should 'teach systematically' (through Scripture)
  2. He should 'have a ready wit'
  3. He should 'be eloquent'
  4. He should 'have a good voice'
  5. He should 'have a good memory'
  6. He should 'know when to make an end'
  7. He should 'be sure of his doctrine'
  8. He should 'venture and engage body, blood, wealth, and honour, in the Word'
  9. He should 'suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of every one'
Obviously Scripture is sufficient in supplying characteristics of the office of pastor-teacher (see 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3) but this is wise and practical counsel from a faithful torch-bearer of God's Word. Thoughts?

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