Reading and Preaching

December 12, 2009

Cornelius Platinga Jr on a preacher’s reading:

Good preaching needs good reading to nourish it, and the best preachers read a great deal more than Scripture and commentaries. They also read fiction, for instance, and biography, and essays. They read great children’s literature for its “noble simplicity.” A few even tune their ear on the poetry of such masters as Jane Kenyon.


  1. That was a good article. It reminded me of two things: (1) that Spurgeon’s personal library contained about 25,000 volumes, only about half of which were related to Christianity in some way; he was very well-read; and (2) of C. S. Lewis’s famous remark, in his essay “On the Reading of Old Books,” that one should make it a policy to read two old books for every new one. This is the kind of thing that produces depth in one’s view of the world.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly and, especially, if you are working with a specific culture, you should read the literature that comes out of that culture.

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