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MINISTERS
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The priesthood hath in all nations, and all religions, been held highly venerable.
      - Francis Atterbury

The day that witnesses the conversion of our ministers into political and philosophical speculators or scientific lecturers, will witness the final decay of clerical weight and influence.
      - Peter Bayne

There are passages of the Bible that are soiled forever by the touches of the hands of ministers who delight in the cheap jokes they have left behind them.
      - Phillips Brooks

Nor to rebuke the rich offender fear'd;
  His preaching much, but more his practice wrought,
    (A living sermon of the truths he taught,)
      For this by rules severe his life he squar'd,
        That all might see the doctrine which they heard.
      - John Dryden

Surely that preaching which comes from the soul works most on the soul.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

I find on inquiring among successful pastors, successful in the sense of winning men to Christ in profession, that they depend on personal contact.
      - Daniel Ayres Goodsell

The minister is to be a live man, a real man, a true man, a simple man, great in his love, great in his life, great in his work, great in his simplicity, great in his gentleness.
      - John Hall

The minister who would be most like the Master must go and, like Him, lay the warm, kindly hand on the leper, the diseased, the wretched. He must touch the blind eyes with something from himself. The tears must be in his own eyes over the dead who are to be raised to spiritual life. Jesus is our great exemplar.
      - John Hall

The life of a pious minister is visible rhetoric.
      - Richard Hooker

Your great employment is to bring the individual souls of men to Christ.
      - Edward N. Kirk

It would be well if some who have taken upon themselves the ministry of the Gospel, that they would first preach to themselves, then afterwards to others.
      - Cardinal Reginald Pole

But the unfaithful priest, what tongue
  Enough, shall execrate?
      - Robert Pollok

It is not the way to convert a sinner to knock him down first and then reason with him.
      - Samuel Irenaeu Prime

One great want of the times is a commanding ministry--a ministry of a piety at once sober and earnest, and of mightiest moral power. Give us these men, "full of faith and of the Holy Ghost," who will proclaim old truths with new energy, not cumbering them with massive drapery nor hiding them beneath piles of rubbish. Give us these men! men of sound speech, who will preach the truth as it is in Jesus, not with faltering tongue and averted eye, as if the mind blushed at its own credulity--not distilling into it an essence so subtle and so speedily decomposed that a chemical analysis alone can detect the faint odor which tells it has been there--but who will preach it apostlewise, that is "first of all," at once a principle shrined in the heart and a motive mighty in the life--the source of all morals and the inspiration of all charity--the sanctifier of every relationship, and the sweetener of every toil. Give us these men! men of zeal untiring--whose hearts of constancy quail not although dull men sneer, and proud men scorn, and timid men blush, and cautious men deprecate, and wicked men revile.
      - William Morley Punshon

This is the ministry and its work--not to drill hearts and minds and consciences into right forms of thought and mental postures, but to guide to the living God who speaks.
      - Frederick William Robertson

Love and meekness, lord,
  Become a churchman better than ambition:
    Win straying souls with modesty again,
      Cast none away.
      - William Shakespeare


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