Monday, July 25, 2011

A Word for Preachers...Willimon on the Power of the Word

"Sometimes the power of the Word is not evident.  Jeremiah was a laughing stock; Hosea, a cuckold; and Ezekiel, an exile -- which may be God's way of telling us that no one can judge the power of God's word by its results.  God is in charge of the results.  It is enough for us to proclaim the word and to believe that in doing so we change the world whether the world knows it or not, whether we know it or not, simply by standing and speaking the words we have been given to say, words of love and challenge, words of judgment and grace, words of such truth and terrible clarity that sometimes we tremble to say them out loud."

William Willimon
Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry

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