Continuing in our series of thoughts on just what integrity would look like when it comes to preaching.

Integrity with the congregationquestions about actuality

Questions & Queries:

  • How much of our personal emotional health should be seen in the pulpit?
  • How might the expression of emotions in the pulpit jeopardize our integrity?
  • How might the failure to express our emotions in the pulpit jeopardize our integrity?

Notable & Quotable:

  • “To be persuasive, we must be believable.  To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful.”[i]
  • “When you are emotionally upset, you may find, while preaching, the tendency to weep.”[ii]

[i] Murrow, Edward R., quoted in Edythe Draper, Draper’s Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992), 342.

[ii] Robinson, Haddon, “Bringing Yourself in to the Pulpit,” Bill Hybels, Stuart Briscoe and Haddon Robinson, Mastering Contemporary Preaching (Portland: Multnomah Press, 1989), 133.