Luther’s Marks of a Good Preacher

Carl Trueman did a couple posts about Martin Luther and his nine characteristics of a good preacher. You can read his posts (part one and part two) for fuller explanations, but here is the list:

A good preacher must have:

  • an ability to teach
  • a good head.
  • eloquence.
  • clarity of speech.
  • a good memory.
  • know when to stop.
  • be certain and diligent in his subject.
  • put his life, limb, possessions, and honor into his subject.
  • be able to accept ridicule from anyone.
  • I’m still working on a number of these, but I think this is a good summation of what it takes on the human level to be a good preacher.

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