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QUOTE: "We have lots of people in our churches who desperately need help in their preaching—help to be attractive, to be biblical and to be good communicators. … People's souls have to be fed—it has to be applied. On the other hand, you don't want someone to stand up with a bunch of jokes and a few applications. Why should we believe them, unless it is grounded in Scripture? So we have to have both attractive skills in communication but deep commitment to rigorous Bible teaching. … Finding someone who can hold the attention of 3,000 people over an extended period of time is very difficult. But don't let anyone tell you that a speaker can't hold someone's attention for more than 10 or 15 minutes. My kids have introduced me to an alternative comedian—this guy goes onto a platform for 50 minutes, talks about life, and has people weeping with laughter. If one person can do that, I don't see why you can't do that for Jesus' sake and talk about the gospel. But it really does depend on gifting." —the Rev. Stephen Gaukroger, director of the British-based Christian charity Clarion Trust International and a senior church leader in the United Kingdom, on what he sees as a lack of good preachers in the church today [christiantoday.com, 7/31/09]

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