Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Homiletic Calisthenics

"Though preachers differ in the expenditure of energy given in a sermon, it has been estimated that a half-hour address can use as much physical energy as eight hours of manual labor. Billy Graham, for example, has been cautioned by physicians against the danger of physical exhaustion due to preaching.... Dynamic preaching requires physical strength and stamina. When the preacher's body goes out of shape, it will invariably affect the quality of his speaking."

-R.C. Sproul, from "The Whole Man," in The Preacher and Preaching, cited in Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch