THERE are some good people who, at this late day, dislike
exceedingly to listen to a preacher who makes use of written sermons.
A minister whom we fell in company with a day or two since, gave us a
little of his early experience on this point, and related the following
He said that, just before leaving the theological school,
he was sent to a certain Baptist church in the country, to supply for
a single Sabbath, and was directed, when he arrived, to call on one of
the members – an old farmer – at whose house it was expected
he would put up.
When he arrived, the old farmer received him cordially,
and immediately commenced conversation as follows: -
Farmer (eyeing him very closely): You have come to preach
for us, have you?
Student: Yes, sir, I have come with that expectation.
Farmer: Do you make use of written sermons?
Student: I do.
Farmer: You do? Then we don’t want you. I’ll speak to the
people myself, first; we want a man that can open his mouth and have the
gospel flow out like water gushing out at the tail of a saw-mill, and
that will melt down the hearts of the people like honey….