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Qualities the World Looks for in a Preacher

  • He must have a fine accent.
  • He must be learned.
  • He must be eloquent.
  • He must be a handsome person.
  • He must take no money, but have money to give.
  • He must tell people what they like to hear.
  • Qualities and virtues of a good preacher:
  • Able to teach in a right and orderly way.
  • A good head.
  • A good voice.
  • A good memory.
  • Know when to stop.
  • Be sure of his material and be diligent.
  • Stake body and life, goods and honor on it.
  • Suffer himself to be vexed and flayed by everyone.

Martin Luther, Quoted in Leadership, Winter Quarter, 1988, p. 135

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