2580. A good preacher should have these qualities and virtues: first, that he can teach well and properly; second, that he has a good head; third, that he is eloquent.; fourth, that he have a good voice; fifth, a good memory; sixth, he should know when to stop; seventh, he should be certain and diligent in his subject; eighth, he should put his life and limb, possessions and honor into it; and ninth, he should be willing to accept ridicule from everyone.
There is nothing quite so easily noticed and remarked about concerning a preacher than his mistakes. Even though a preacher may have a hundred good qualities, he spoils it all through one mistake–that’s how bad the world is. (p. 218).
In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther explains what qualities make a good preacher:
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